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Provide Modern Slavery Act Statement 2024

What is this statement about?
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires all organisations to set out the steps they have
taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in
any of its supply chains and in any part of its own business.

About us
Provide is a Community Interest Company (social enterprise). We deliver a broad range of health
and social care services in the community and are committed to ensuring they are safe, responsive
and high quality. We provide services across 10 counties, serving communities with a total population of more than 11 million people. We employ more than 1200 people including medical
and nursing staff as well as a wide range of allied health professionals and support staff.

Our commitment to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking
Provide fully supports the objective to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and as such
we are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business activity. We have therefore set in place a range of processes and
procedures to ensure we pursue good practice and have taken all reasonable steps to prevent
slavery and human trafficking.

Our arrangements to promote good practice and prevent modern slavery and human
We have robust policies and procedures in place that underpin our practices to ensure we prevent
modern slavery across our operations including:
• Freedom to Speak Up (Whistleblowing) policy HRPOL1
• Dignity at Work Code of Practice HRPOL30
• Grievance Procedure HRPOL15
• Equal Opportunity Valuing Diversity Employment Policy and Procedure HRPOL23
• Engagement of Contractors and Agency Workers Policy CCPOL01
• Workforce Solutions Staffing Bank Policy HRPOL27
• Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy SGPOL02
• Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse Policy SGPOL07
• Domestic Abuse Policy SGPOL08
• Safer Recruitment – We follow safer recruitment practices including confirming the identities of
all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom and undertake where applicable DBS checks and health clearance checks to ensure fitness to practice.

We distribute our policies to all staff using a system of meta-compliance which requires staff to confirm they have received and read the policies thereby ensuring robust distribution and high
compliance with policy delivery.

Training that Underpins our Practice
• We have a Freedom to Speak up Guardian and we raise awareness with staff at Induction and through posters to encourage them to speak up and raise concerns related to our direct activities, the supply chain or other areas.
• Our safeguarding training and policies include modern slavery and human trafficking awareness and provides guidance for staff on how to spot and report suspected cases.
• The organisation’s modern slavery training covers:
▪ how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of
the business, including resources and support available;
Provide Modern Slavery Statement 2024
▪ how to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
▪ what initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected.
▪ how to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation.

Our Sub-Contract Supply and Procurement Process
• We procure goods and services from a range of providers varying from small one-off purchases
to large service contracts.
• We recognise the role we play in ensuring our suppliers are also committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking and we ensure we source our supplies from reputable
• To engage temporary workers; we ensure we use reputable employment agencies to source
labour and we verify the practices of any new agency used before accepting workers from that
• We aim to continue to develop our expertise and approach to managing our supply chains to ensure they too prioritise the prevention of trafficking and human slavery

Risk Assessment
• Recruitment is a low risk as we do not actively recruit from abroad and we ensure staff are recruited in line with the full NHS employment checks.
• Supply chain and contracts is a low risk as we predominantly purchase supplies from NHS
supply chains and through reputable organisations where prevention of modern slavery is recognised and included in contract clauses and through operational delivery of those

Performance Indicators
• We require all newly recruited staff to complete corporate induction before they commence in
role where they will receive safeguarding training which includes information on modern slavery
as well as information on how to raise a freedom to speak up concern.
• We require all staff to undertake safeguarding refresher training at regular intervals in line with
training identified for their role

During the past year Provide has
• Reviewed the Freedom to Speak Up Policy to ensure it remains fit for purpose and reflects information about modern slavery.
• Continued to raise staff awareness through induction and safeguarding training.

Board Approval
This statement has been approved by Provide’s Board.