Modern Slavery Statement

Last Updated 03/08/2021

This statement is made as part of Bounce Teachers’ commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act).  It summarises how Bounce Teachers operate, 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 2021 to August 2022. It was approved by the director & management team on 03/08/2021.

1. Our Business

Achieve Teachers Ltd T/as Bounce Teachers is a limited company operating in the education recruitment sector.  We provide introduction services & supply temporary workers in the Education sector.

Bounce Teachers is the subsidiary of Achieve Group.

 

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 an intermediary, who facilitate providing them to the eventual hiring company but full clearance is done by Bounce Teachers.

 

The hiring companies that we work with are located in the UK. The work-seekers/ workers we supply live in the UK.

1.2 Other relationships

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

  • ICO
  • Atlantic Data
  • the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (rec.uk.com)

 

2. Our Policies

Bounce Teachers have a modern slavery policy available upon request.

In addition, Bounce Teachers have the following policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff and our suppliers, including but not limited to:

  • Modern Slavery Policy
  • Privacy Policy (available on our website)
  • Advertising Policy
  • Recruitment Selection & Vetting Policy
  • Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
  • Recruitment during the COVID Pandemic
  • Feedback Policy
  • Handling Misconduct and Safeguarding Incidents and Allegations
  • DBS Policy
  • Policy on the supply of workers to cover industrial action
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
  • AWR & AWR Complaints Policy
  • Customer Service Policy

 

2.1 Policy development and review

Our policies are established by our director & our senior leadership team, based on advice from HR professionals, industry best practice and legal advice, and in consultation with the REC.  We review our policies on a regular basis, 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:

  • When engaging with suppliers, we ask for evidence of their processes and policies, including commitments around modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, human rights, and whistle-blowing.
  • 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 reserve the right to conduct spot-checks of the businesses who supply us, in order to investigate any complaints.
  • We require the businesses we work with to abide by our code of conduct.
  • We collaborate with our suppliers in order to improve standards and transparency across our supply chain.
  • Only senior members of staff who have undergone appropriate training for assessing modern slavery risks in the supply chain are authorised to sign contracts and establish commercial relationships in any area where we have identified the potential for risk.
  • We ensure that all of our suppliers are members of appropriate industry bodies and working groups.

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

 

4. Our Performance

We have also established the following key performance indicators, which are regularly assessed by our director & our senior leadership team:

  • the percentage of suppliers who sign up to an appropriate code / provide their own modern slavery statements
  • the effectiveness of enforcement against suppliers who breach policies
  • the amount of time spent on audits, re-audits, spot checks, and related due diligence

 

5. Our Training

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

  • Our recruiters, HR personnel, and/or staff involved in our procurement and supply chains undertake training from the leadership team 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.