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Modern Slavery Statement

Flourish Education Ltd Modern Slavery Statement 2017

This statement is made as part of Flourish Education’s commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). It summarises how Flourish Education operates, the policies and processes in place to minimise the possibility of any problems, any risks we have identified and how we monitor them, and how we train our staff.

This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act, and relates to the financial year August 2017 to July 2018. Emma Vincent, Compliance Administrator

1 Our Business

Flourish Education is a limited company operating in the recruitment sector. We supply temporary workers in the education sectors.

Flourish Education is an independent business.

1.1 Who we work with

All of the hirers that we work with, and all of the work-seekers we provide, are known to and identified by our staff. All of the temporary workers we supply are identified by our staff. Some of our work-seekers are supplied via other businesses, who facilitate providing them to the eventual hiring company.

The hiring companies that we work with are located in West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. The workers we supply live in West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.

1.2 Other relationships

As part of our business, we also work with the following organisations:

  • Teaching Agency, Barred List and DBS
  • The Association of Professional Staffing Companies
  • The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (www.rec.uk.com)

2 Our Policies

Flourish Education has a modern slavery policy available on our website.

In addition, Flourish Education has the following policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff and our suppliers.

  • Equal opportunities and diversity
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Information security and data protection
  • Disciplinary dismissal and grievance procedures
  • Email telephone computer facilities and social media
  • Information security and data protection
  • Miscellaneous leave
  • Health and safety
  • Alcohol and drugs in the workplace
  • No smoking
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Whistleblowing
  • Information to be provided to comply with the provision of services regulations
  • Website privacy statement
  • Customer service
  • Complains policy and procedure
  • Environmental policy

2.1 Policy development and review

Flourish Education’s policies are established by our directors, based on advice from HR professionals, industry best practice and legal advice. We review our policies annually, or as needed to adapt to changes.

3 Our Processes for Managing Risk

In order to assess the risk of modern slavery, we use the following processes with our suppliers:

We review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of re-auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.

After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain. However, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems.

Additionally, we have taken the following steps to minimise the possibility of any problems:

We work with REC and APSCo in order to combat the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Our staff are encouraged to bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.

4 Our Performance

As part of monitoring the performance of Flourish Education we track the following general key performance indicators:

  • Candidate clearance rate
  • Using school growth
  • Candidate growth
  • Training KPIs
  • Long term placements
  • Percentage of compliant candidates out to work

Based on the potential risks we have identified, we have also established the following key performance indicators, which are regularly assessed by our senior leadership team:

  • The percentage of suppliers who sign up to an appropriate code / provide their own modern slavery statements
  • the percentage of candidates supplied from audited businesses / our preferred supplier list
  • the effectiveness of enforcement against suppliers who breach policies
  • the amount of time spent on audits, re-audits, spot checks, and related due diligence
  • the level of modern slavery training and awareness amongst our staff

We benchmark our indicators against industry best-practice in order to ensure that we do not put undue pressure on our suppliers that might increase the potential for risk.

5 Our Training

All of our staff receive training and support that is appropriate to their role. In particular:

  • Our leadership team receive detailed training in identifying and resolving concerns around modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Our recruiters and HR personnel undertake training courses that include guidance around modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as other wider human rights issues.
  • All of our staff receive awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking, so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.
  • As part of this, our staff are encouraged to discuss any concerns that they have.

Training is refreshed annually.

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