Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement and Policy

Purpose of this statement This statement sets out what steps and preventative measures the company has taken to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our businesses or supply chains. For the avoidance of doubt the term Valorum Care Group throughout the policy refers to the full group and all constituent companies managed under the Valorum Care Group operational management structure.

About Valorum Care Group Valorum Care Group supports approximately 1,000 individuals with a variety of support needs including mental health, learning disability and physical disability in both residential care and supported living services across England and Wales. Valorum Care Group is committed to ensuring that quality and good governance is our focus and we work to create a supportive and transparent culture within the group which is embedded.

Our Commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 Supply Chains Valorum Care Group source the provision of goods and services (which include business support and the supply of labour) from reputable organisations that share our value. We are passionate about ensuring that our supply chains are free from any taint of slavery or human trafficking.

Policies We have a number of policies to protect from any taint of slavery or human trafficking including:

• Code of conduct

• Ethics policy

• Whistleblowing policy

• Bullying and harassment policy

• Diversity and inclusion policy

• Recruitment and selection policy

• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

• Anti-Bribery and Corruption

All policies are reviewed annually which evidences our commitment to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our organisation or supply chains.

Training Valorum Care Group recognise that due to the organisation supporting individuals with a range of additional needs they could potentially be more vulnerable and more susceptible to exploitation and abuse. Valorum Care Group ensure where needed colleagues are trained in safeguarding and are vigilant in raising any issues, with internal functions and external safeguarding agencies. The organisation also encourages employees to speak out with any concerns and has a whistleblowing hotline to encourage and give employees the opportunity to raise any concerns anonymously.

Recruitment As an equal opportunities’ employer, Valorum Care Groups recruitment and employee management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees and workers are legally able to work in the United Kingdom. The organisation is also committed to ensuring that the onboarding process is robust to safeguard employees or workers from any abuse or coercion. In relation to our workforce
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement and Policy

we have a robust DBS check procedure with an annual declaration each year, as well as an in-depth referencing process to ensure safe recruitment. When using an agency to provide staff, we ensure we build relationships with reputable companies and follow a vetting process to ensure they align with the organisations core values.

Due Diligence As part of our Due Diligence process we look to evidence how our suppliers seek to comply with this legislation and work closely with the Quality Team to identify areas of risk and put mitigations in place where necessary. The organisation works to create partnerships with our suppliers to build trust and confidence so that our suppliers understand our values, business structure and procedures.

Management Responsibility The organisation ensures that the senior management team have been briefed in respect to this legislation and our organisational responsibility and commitment.

The organisation commits to: • continue to undertake regular reviews of our procurement and due diligence processes • implement systems to identify areas of concern in relation to potential breaches of legislation • have a supportive and transparent culture • continue to build long standing partnerships with our supply chain • conduct regular reviews of processes

No instances of modern slavery were identified during 2020.

This statement is signed by the HR Director and is our group statement for the current financial year 2020-2021

Chloé Moore

HR Director