Modern Slavery Statement

St Catherine’s Hospice is an independent charity that provides specialist palliative and end of life care. We work in collaboration with other Hospices and NHS, social care and third sector organisations to deliver this care to our patients and their carers. St Catherine’s employs staff who are free to work and follows a robust recruitment process underpinned by our Recruitment and Selection Policy. We have huge support from volunteers who also go through a similar recruitment process.

St Catherine’s organisational values and safeguarding policies set out expectations and guidance for our staff and volunteers. These are reviewed and updated on a regular basis by the safeguarding governance group. The Adult Safeguarding Policy has a specific section describing modern slavery. All staff and volunteers are required to participate in mandatory safeguarding training which includes the global issue of modern slavery. No form of modern slavery is acceptable within our organisation or within the organisations we work with.

The wellbeing of those people we support and our staff and volunteers is very important to us. St Catherine’s aims to be an open and transparent organisation and we take any concerns raised or risks identified seriously. Governance processes are in place to manage and respond to concerns and risks identified including escalation to the senior management team and Board and external agencies (such as the Local Authority) as appropriate. Any trends are monitored via data analysis through this same process.