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Gender Pay Gap Report

The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women. Across the UK economy, the gender pay gap is about how women and men are represented across the levels of an organisation.

Our mean company-wide overall gender pay gap as at April 2018 is 3%, which is significantly lower than the UK national average of 17.9%.

Our report outlines that, although we do have a gender pay gap, we are already working hard to minimise it across the Outcomes First Group.

To read our gender pay gap report for 2019, please click here >>

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) came into force in October 2015. The Act consolidates offences relating to human trafficking and slavery within the UK. This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Act and sets out Outcomes First Group’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business.  This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year ending 31st December 2019.

As part of the education and health sector, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisation

Outcomes First Group is an overarching body for Options, Hillcrest and Sunflowers Fostering, which operate in England and North Wales.  The company is a leading specialist provider of education and care services to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs, learning difficulties and social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The company employees over 2,000 staff within England and Wales and has a turnover of over £36 million.

Our Supply Chains

 We are committed to ensure that no forms of modern slavery or human trafficking occur in any part of our business or supply chains. We are committed to conducting our business in a lawful manner and undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that our standards are applied consistently throughout our business. We will only work with those parties who fully comply with these standards and will rigorously deal with issues of non-compliance.

We buy a wide range of external goods and services, including food and catering supplies, leisure activities, general household supplies, stationery, electronics.  A large proportion of goods and services is bought through regional suppliers, however the principle of Best Value is applied taking into account cost, regulatory requirements / product standards and fitness for purpose.  We expect our suppliers to fulfil their obligations to comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act.

During the course of the next financial year, the Company will seek to develop:

  • Effective communications with our suppliers to confirm their understanding and compliance in line with our expectations.
  • Obtain a signed statement from our suppliers to ensure they are complying with the Modern Slavery Act.
  • Specific training on modern slavery risks for relevant groups of staff.

Responsibility

All employees adhere to the Company’s values within its Code of Conduct.  The HR team and associated support staff are trained to ensure thorough recruitment checks, in order that we do not employ people who are under-age or who do not have the right to work in the UK.  The employee’s terms and conditions adhere to the European Working Time Directive.

Breaches of the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking procedure by employees will be dealt with under Outcomes First Group’s disciplinary procedures, and could lead to dismissal in appropriate circumstances.

In adhering to this procedure, in particular we will:

  • Encourage openness and provide support to anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is, or may be, taking place in any part of our business.
  • Communicate our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery with our supply chain and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them.

The Company operates a Whistleblowing Policy, principally aimed for employees, but also for individuals performing functions in relation to the Company, such as agency workers and contractors.   Customers or external agencies or suppliers can report their concerns through the Complaints procedure which extends to human rights violations like Modern Slavery.  All reports will be fully investigated and appropriate remedial action taken.

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