Bright World were recently re-inspected by AEGIS. Read on to view a Summary of our Inspection Report.
Guardianship plays an important part in the boarding school sector, helping schools to uphold their duty of care and to ensure the safety of their students throughout the academic year, even when the school is closed. Unbelievably, Guardianship is an industry that remains largely unregulated. This means that anyone can start a guardianship organisation and no-one will check on them - shocking isn't it?
March 2017 AEGIS Re-inspection Report
Bright World Guardianships was first inspected and passed its AEGIS inspection in 2006. We were, at this time, considered to be an excellent organisation.
We have grown a lot since 2006 and we now aim to lead the way in safeguarding for guardianship with a programme design that has evolved over the years, moving with the times to meet the needs of this ever-changing world. We are now re-inspected every five years. Our most recent re-inspection has been taking place since January 2017 and culminated in the Inspector coming to our office for a full day at the beginning of March.
In total, 33 schools responded to the AEGIS questionnaire and 96.6% of the responders said that they would happily recommend the service of Bright World. We were delighted with this figure as although schools do not directly recommend to parents they can and do indicate those companies with whom they have had good experiences.
The students that were interviewed offered excellent feedback too. Good contact with our students really can make the biggest difference to the life of a student in the UK at boarding school. Having someone independent to confide in is a huge comfort to them and to parents.
According to AEGIS, our host families were well informed as to their responsibilities and understood their role in the complex role of the guardianship company. Overseas parents offered very positive and constructive feedback and were overwhelmingly happy with the quality of service they receive.
Areas that were analysed..
We are very proud of the results and of the report. Please click the image below to view an enlarged version of our statistics.
“Having just been through the inspection process, I was very impressed with the thorough audit that AEGIS’ contracted inspectors at Taylor Education conducted on us. The visits to schools, host families, students and to our satellite offices were efficient and thorough, leaving no stone unturned. A questionnaire was sent to every parent, host family and school to check on our processes and practises and to ensure that our training was thorough. We then spent 6 hours face to face with the Inspector and our paperwork and systems were analysed very thoroughly. We were literally grilled on everything. I wouldn’t want it any other way as being accredited by AEGIS is not easy and we want parents to understand this and the importance of choosing a guardianship company who has been through these regular checks” - Lana Foster, Managing Director
The concluding paragraph from the report reads:
"Bright World is a highly efficient Guardianship Organisation that provides a quality service for the large number of students that they care for.
Children’s safety and welfare is at the heart of the service that they provide, and systems to help ensure that students are kept safe whilst their care are robust overall, with the recording of checks on health and safety elements within the Homestays being suitably strengthened. Bright World’s levels of communication with schools and the quality of Homestay accommodation were both noted as significant strengths by the Supporting Inspector.
Practice at Bright World is strong overall and the Lead Inspector would therefore fully recommend that Bright World are re-accredited."
The full Re-inspection Report can be found below in both English and Chinese:
AEGIS Re-inspection Summary Report 2017 AEGIS Re-inspection Summary Report 2017
"Bright World is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment."
The number of UK Boarding Schools and important Industry Associations attending our Company Conference last week was testament to how highly thought of Bright World Guardianships is. We have had some wonderful feedback at how impressed our guests were with the amount we invest in Child Protection and Safeguarding. It is so important to bring the whole company together once each year to share experiences and obtain important Child Protection Training. I believe it really sets Bright World apart and enables us to strive to be the best in UK guardianship' Lana Foster, Bright World Managing Director
The Bright World Company Conference 2018 was a resounding success. So many of our close partner schools and agents took the time to join us. We all came away feeling very positive about the Guardianship industry and the work that schools and Bright World do together to keep children safe.