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Statement on modern slavery

Affinity Trust is committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from our activities and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

We operate only in the UK and are not involved in any activities that are considered to be at high risk of slavery or human trafficking.

Modern Slavery Statement (Financial year ending 2021)

Introduction

Affinity Trust is a charity that supports just under a 1,000 people with learning disabilities across England and Scotland, enabling them to live as independently as possible. We do this in a range of settings; mainly supported living but also residential services, outreach and access to community activities. We employ around 2,000 people. Affinity Trust is registered with the Charities Commission and the Care Quality Commission, (CQC) and the Scottish Care Inspectorate, (CSI) regulate our operations. The Board of Trustees oversee our governance and delegate responsibilities to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

We are committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from our activities and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Affinity Trust operates only in the UK and is not involved in any activities that are considered to be high risk of slavery or human trafficking.

Supply Chains

Affinity Trust has reviewed its supply chain and identified our major suppliers are providers of agency staff, building and maintenance contractors and IT equipment suppliers.

We seek to source services and goods from reputable organisations with appropriate due diligence, including their own policies and statements about modern slavery and do not knowingly deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.

Policies

Affinity Trust operates the policies below that include and set out our approach to identifying and preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations. These policies are reviewed regularly.

  • Professional Standards and Personal Boundaries – sets out standards of behaviour that all staff are expected to adhere to and gives guidance on how to ensure safe practice.

  • Whistleblowing – we are committed to the highest standards of integrity and openness and encourage all our workers to report any concerns about potential slavery or trafficking in the workplace without fear of negative repercussions.

  • Complaints and Advocacy – we have robust processes in place to enable people we support and their advocates to raise concerns, have them investigated and responded to.

  • Safeguarding – our policy describes abusive behaviour including slavery and human trafficking and potential signs and symptoms for staff to look out for and report.

  • Recruitment and selection – we operate a range of checks to ensure people who work for us are eligible to work in the UK and are fit and proper people to support potentially vulnerable people. We comply with the National Living Wage regulations.

Due diligence

We undertake due diligence in respect of our major suppliers in terms of the controls they have in place to prevent slavery and human trafficking and, in relation to agency suppliers of labour have stipulated checks to ensure all people working with us on a temporary basis are eligible to work in the UK and are suitable for working with adults at risk. Our employment and payroll policies and systems ensure we have robust processes in place to prevent modern slavery from taking place in our workforce.

Training

Modern slavery is covered within our Safeguarding training to all staff and they are also briefed on our key policies listed above. Modern slavery and human trafficking is also covered in the induction provided to all our managers. Staff undertake refresher training on this every two years.

Management Review

In view of the above checks and balances, we do not believe that there is any modern slavery or human trafficking taking part in any of our operations or supply chain. In 2021 we re-launched our whistleblowing policy with our workforce to encourage them to speak out about any concerns they might have, engaging with an independent confidential external reporting service to provide an additional route. There have been no reports of any instances of modern slavery made through our Safeguarding or Whistleblowing policies.

We will continue to monitor the ways we prevent modern slavery by:

  • Updating our procurement procedures to ensure adequate controls with key suppliers on a risk assessed basis.

  • Continue to provide information and training to our workforce on modern slavery and human trafficking as appropriate to their role and ensuring our whistleblowing processes are effective.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and constitutes our statement for the financial year 1.10.20 to 30.9.21.

Download our signed Modern Slavery Statement 2021 [PDF, 204KB]

 

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Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267829 E: info@affinitytrust.org
Media enquiries to:
1 St. Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT
T: 07553 264 975 E: PressOffice@affinitytrust.org

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E: infocentral@affinitytrust.org
Sheffield
For enquiries about Sheffield-based services
T: 07387 058 872 (9am-3.45pm Monday-Thursday only) E: infosheffield@affinitytrust.org

East England

East - Divisional Office
U18, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6TT View Map
T: 01354 696009 F: 08456 437521 E: infoeast@affinitytrust.org
Enquiries for Norfolk and Suffolk should be directed to the Divisional Office.
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North England

North - Divisional Office
Unit 12, Curtis House Business Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LF View Map
T: 0113 468 4460 E: infonorth@affinitytrust.org
Bradford District Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DZ View Map
T: 01274 533553 E: infoshipley@affinitytrust.org
West Midlands Office
Flat 7, Parry’s Court, Woodside Place, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AA View Map
T: 01543 578764

Positive Behaviour Support for children, young people and their families

Positive Behaviour Support
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 07341 478228 E: paultaylor@affinitytrust.org

Scotland

Scotland - Divisional Office
62 Viewfield Road, Ayr KA8 8HH View Map
T: 01292 436030 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Oban Office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Aberdeen Office
87a Urquhart Road, Aberdeen, AB24 5ND View Map
T: 01224 039264 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Isle of Bute Office
18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DL View Map
T: 01700 500376 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Irvine office
Suites 2/1 and 2/2, Landek House, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP View Map
T: 01294 446600 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org

South & South West

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
Somerset Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org

South East, Bedford and Northamptonshire

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E: infosoutheast@affinitytrust.org

Specialist Support

Specialist Support
Head Office, 1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E: info@affinitytrust.org