Is your student finding it hard to choose an educational guardian? Here are some pointers to help guide them when choosing a guardian and hopefully, choosing Bright World.
Do they have Accreditation? Anyone can be a guardian technically but how do you know they are operating legally and doing all the necessary screening checks on families and drivers? If the guardianship company has accreditation it means that they have had independent inspectors checking out they processes. AEGIS and Travel Safe/Child Safe are the only two bodies in the UK who do this for guardianship companies so look out for their logos.
Are they efficient? You need your guardian to know what they are doing and have efficient systems to make sure everything goes smoothly. The last thing you want is your student stuck at an airport with no driver or no host family to go to at half term.
A good gauge of how efficient they are could be how quickly they respond to your initial enquiry.
Do they ask lots of questions? A good guardian should know as much about your student as possible, especially any medical problems or allergies. If your student has allergies and is going to a host family and the guardian does not ask you lots of questions, be wary.Who is driving my student around? It is not possible to get a Taxi Driver Licence in the UK without a DBS check but that does not mean that a driver does not have a criminal record. Does your guardian conduct DBS checks on all drivers and actually check their record? If they will not provide this information then beware.
Are they nice people? A good guardian should understand the worry you will feel when sending your student abroad. They will also understand how your student might feel leaving home for the first time. Make sure the guardianship company you choose really do care and treat you, your student's family and your student with the respect you deserve.
Is what my client paying value for money? Be suspicious of programmes that look very cheap. They may have hidden costs that come out as the year goes along, variant host family costs, extra costs for extra visits etc. Definitely be wary of programmes that really are cheap. Operating a high quality programme with educated, well paid staff, top notch management systems as well as ensuring safeguarding standards are maintained is an expensive business.
7 facts about Bright World Guardianships...
"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."
Lana Foster, Managing Director and Jenny Rumble, Senior Guardianship Care Manager and Relax & Revise Programme Manager, recently visited Cambridge Melchior College, midway through this half term’s Relax and Revise Programme. Here is Lana’s account of the day...