Child Guardianship

Why Child Guardianship?
At Bright World Guardianships, we aim to fulfil both parent and student needs for our child guardianship service. Every day we are helping our students with various things from travel arrangements to unusual emergencies such as last minute visa extensions! Our guardianship service brings the home and family to the students and gives parents piece of mind that their loved ones are looked after.

Listed within the article is a Q and A about child guardianship and the standard questions that most parents seem to ask and receive confirmation for: Is it a legal requirement for a parent to appoint a temporary guardian?
The answer is YES – for students living in the UK who are under the age of 16 years old and whose parents are not resident here, a UK guardian must be appointed.

Do all schools insist on a guardian being appointed and why do they do so?
The majority of UK boarding schools insist that parents living overseas arrange temporary guardianship for their children while they are studying here in the UK. There are a handful of schools who take on the child guardianship themselves but this is unusual. They must have a responsible adult nominated by the parents who will take responsibility for the welfare of the child in times of emergency and also during school holidays when the school is closed.

My child is very mature and responsible – do I really need a guardian?
No matter how mature your child is they cannot possibly manage to make all arrangements themselves when the school closes. In our opinion students up to the age of 18 really depend on us to help them travel around the UK, offer advice on study and welfare issues and also find them somewhere decent to stay during their half terms. From a parents’ point of view the guardianship is a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing that their child is being looked after by somebody with high standards of safety and care in the UK.

My child will go home during all exeats and half terms so why do I need a guardian?
A child guardian does not only find safe host family accommodation during holiday times – there is a lot more to it than that. A guardian is a little bit like an insurance policy – there if you need it. At Bright World we have experience of many cases where we have been invaluable help to parents in an emergency situation. These have included:

  • bereavement of a family member and immediate travel home arrangements required
  • expulsion of a student and immediate repatriation required
  • suspension of a student for bad behaviour
  • temporary guardianship accommodation
  • required
  • emergency visa extension situation resolved
You never know what is going to happen so it is well worth covering all inevitabilities.

Note from Lana Foster, Managing Director of Bright World Guardianships
To me, the answer to Why child guardianship? is easy. On a practical note you need someone here in the UK to assist you with safe transport, safe accommodation, knowledge about the UK and the education system here. If you choose an AEGIS accredited guardianship company like Bright World you can rest assured we are caring people who you can trust.

On a personal note, the guardianship fee really is a small price to pay for the sort of peace of mind a good guardian like us can offer to parents. We are here to look after your child and keep them safe and sound.

Do I need a guardian for my child? Answer: Absolutley yes!

For further information about our child guardianship program please get in touch with Lana Sayer-Foster at Bright World Education on 01273 835745 or email lana@brightworld.co.uk


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