Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery Statement 2024-25

Blyth Star Enterprises Limited is a registered charity which supports individuals living with complex mental health needs and learning disabilities.

Through our range of Living Support services and Social Care Day Services, we help individuals to develop or regain the skills and confidence they need to live safely and successfully in their local communities.

Our mission at Blyth Star is twofold. For people with lifelong mental health needs, we aim to help them to take back control of their own lives as much as they can through focused, client-centric support – helping individuals to learn to cope with and manage their conditions in order to live independently within a community.

For people living with learning and other disabilities, we aim to ensure that they remain connected with their local communities and live as autonomously as possible through the provision of flexible care and support services.

Our commitments

Through the course of our work, Blyth Star Enterprises is committed to protecting and respecting human rights and the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We have a zero-tolerance approach towards modern slavery and are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, or any part of our business. We do not enter into business with any organisation, which knowingly supports, or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude, or forced or compulsory labour.

Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.

Our business and supply chains

We work with a wide range of organisations including the NHS, local authorities and private enterprises as part of a multi-disciplinary programme of support for our service users.

Our objectives are as follows:

  • We will be advocates for community-based care for individuals with complex mental health needs and learning disabilities to create a pathway of care from hospitalisation to independent living.
  • We will ensure that the services that we develop and deliver are shaped by experts with relevant experience in the fields of mental health and adult social care.
  • We will remain agile in our service offer to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of the individuals that we support.

When working to achieve our objectives, we will be mindful that the people we support may at times be vulnerable and at risk from abuse or coercion. Our practice, supported by the policies listed below, underpins our commitment to the eradication of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.

Our policies in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015

We are committed to opposing modern slavery in all its forms. We have a number of complementary policies that support our Modern Slavery Statement, such as:

  • Acceptance and Refusal of Donations Policy
  • Anti-Bribery Policy
  • Code of Conduct and Professional Boundary Policy
  • Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy
  • Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Safer Recruitment Policy
  • Trustee Conflicts of Interest Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy

Due diligence

We engage a range of suppliers from SMEs to large corporations, the majority of which are UK based. We aim to build relationships with our suppliers to ensure they comply with our values and that they are aware of our commitment to protect human rights. We expect our suppliers to comply with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. If a supplier fails to adequately remediate the issue, the relationship would be re-evaluated and if necessary, terminated. Where potential modern slavery impacts are identified within a contract requirement, we will work with our suppliers to monitor and manage performance in relation to these risks.

Training

Slavery and Human Trafficking form part of the charity’s Safeguarding Adults and Children training programmes.

This statement has been approved by Blyth Star Enterprises Limited’s Board of Trustees for the financial year ending 31 March 2025. This statement will be reviewed and updated annually.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of our products, or how you can be involved in the centre, please contact us…

Phone

Call us on:

01670 857138

Location pin

Visit us at:

The Woodfuel Centre
Unit 7 Fergusons Business Park
West Sleekburn
Northumberland
NE22 7DD

Envelope

Email us at:

n.hedley@blythstar.org.uk