Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Specialist Autism Services’ modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2019.

Specialist Autism Services have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery, which we consider to include different types of exploitation such as forced labour, servitude, child labour and human trafficking. We are committed to acting in an ethical manner, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings. We are also committed to creating effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our Organisation:

Specialist Autism Services is a Community Interest Company which provides support and services for adults on the Autistic Spectrum across West Yorkshire, as well as contributing to local and national activities to raise awareness and acceptance of autism. We have approximately 100 employees working across sites in West Yorkshire.

We are confident that our risk of being involved with modern slavery is low. We ensure that we have policies and safeguards in place to minimise risk. In terms of our Recruitment Policy, we conduct eligibility to work checks for all employees and volunteers to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. With regards to our Employee Policies, our employee handbook includes, among other things, policies on diversity, health and safety, grievance procedures and whistleblowing. The whistleblowing policy in particular ensures that all employees are aware that they can raise concerns relating to modern slavery without fear of reprisals.

This statement was approved by Specialist Autism Services’ Board of Directors on 9/11/2018.