Modern slavery statement

Catch22 has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.

Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. As a social business we have the heart of a charity, and the mindset of a business. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities.

Catch22 is a registered charity (1124127) and a company limited by guarantee (6577534).

Our vision is a strong society where everyone has a good place to live, a purpose and good people around them (the ‘3 Ps’). We exist to ensure that these are achievable for everyone, no matter what their background:

  • A good place to live
    We support people to find, retain or transition safely into homes and communities.
  • A purpose
    We work with people to achieve their purpose in education, employment or training.
  • Good people
    We build supportive networks of people around individuals.

Catch22 works at every stage of the social welfare cycle, from cradle to career. This gives us deep insight into the challenges facing individuals today. It means we’re better at getting people into the right jobs because we understand their background, motivation and how to build their skills. We’re better at running children’s social care because we understand the emotional and social issues that young people and their families face. We’re better at running alternative education because we understand the challenging backgrounds our young people come from. It means that we’re better at rehabilitating and resettling because we understand why people offend – and the challenge they face gaining meaningful work when they rehabilitate – and we’re better at running public services because we understand how a cycle of all of these issues can affect a family.

Our approach

Catch22 has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to endeavour to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

Supplier due diligence

Our approved supplier due diligence process includes evaluating every new supplier before appointment and then reviewing them on a regular basis via contract review meetings which are at least annual in occurrence. Should any suppliers fail to live up to our expectations or be unwilling to make any changes we may cease to engage with them.

As part of the initial assessment process all suppliers are required to complete a due diligence checklist questionnaire which contains questions on their recruitment and selection processes, equality and diversity monitoring, information security processes, quality system, business continuity and their supply chain. In particular they will be asked to confirm that they have implemented effective systems and controls to check that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in their business.

Further steps

We are currently reviewing our procurement process and will be introducing specific measures to ensure that our compliance under the Act are observed and applied through our supply chain.

These will include reviewing our standard form of contracts to include:

  • warranties that no slavery is used anywhere in the supplier’s business or by any of the suppliers in its supply chain and that all necessary processes and policies have been put in place to ensure that this remains the case
  • a contractual right to request compliance-related information and the right to audit suppliers at our discretion
  • the addition of indemnity provisions and rights to terminate for breach of our Anti-Slavery policy.

Additionally the training programmes and delivery will be reviewed and updated to ensure that relevant staff are made aware of the risk factors, implications of the Act and implementation of the policy in their areas of responsibility. In particular, the following areas will include anti-slavery and human trafficking elements in their delivery:

  • recruitment and selection
  • equality and diversity
  • procurement and supply chain management
  • safeguarding.