Modern slavery & human trafficking statement

This statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of Hesley Group for the financial year ended 31 December 2019.  Hesley Group is required to make this statement pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We are committed to improving and continually reviewing our practices where possible to combat slavery and human trafficking.

ORGANISATION’S STRUCTURE
Hesley Group is a specialist provider of education ad care services to children and adults with complex learning difficulties, challenging behaviour, and autism.  We employ over 1700 employees and in 2019 had an annual turnover of £54.7m. 

OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
Education and care support is provided by our employees within properties which are owned by the Group and based wholly within the United Kingdom.  There is no manufacturing or distribution involved.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.  We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we ensure that our recruitment practices follow appropriate guidelines.  This involves ‘safer recruitment’ under Ofsted guidelines.  All employees are subject to right to work checks and DBS checks as appropriate to their role.  Our dealings with other suppliers include building contractors, suppliers of food, domestic supplies and office supplies.  In respect of these parties we have in place system to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistleblowers.

SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking.  To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors complete with our values we maintain senior relationships contact with all our suppliers.

This involves director oversight and consists of involvement from the following departments:  Human Resources, Finance (Procurement) and external legal review.

TRAINING 
To ensure a high level of understanding the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide induction training to our staff.

OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATING SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We continually review our effectiveness and any areas of additional review that we should implement


Chris McSharry
CEO – Hesley Group

Date:  1 December 2020