It is important to choose an accredited agency as guardianship is an unregulated industry. Accrediting bodies include AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) whose aim is ‘To promote the safety, welfare and education in the United Kingdom of International Students aged 18 or under’. AEGIS brings together schools and guardianship organisations to promote the welfare of international students. For more information visit the AEGIS Website.
The Guardian Family Network
Our Guardianship partner – The Guardian Family Network is an AEGIS accredited guardianship organisation and a member of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) certified guardianship scheme.
GNet offers exceptional guardianship support to international students studying at Independent Schools in the UK. They have a nationwide network of Homestay Families within easy reach of each school, appointed to support an individual student, assist with their transport, accommodation, daily support, and emergencies. Each homestay family is vetted to guarantee a high quality of care and accommodation and provide a safe, home environment for students. All families are checked and vetted through the Police, Social Services and Child Protection departments.
The GNet team monitor students’ welfare, travel and homestay family arrangements and offers a 24-hour, 7-day emergency service for students, parents, schools, and agents.
What is an emergency?
Perhaps a flight is delayed or arrives at a difficult time; maybe there are medical issues; a student’s behaviour warrants a ‘cooling off’ period out of school; or perhaps there is a malfunction in the school itself such as a break-down in the central heating.
Apart from emergencies, a good educational guardian will take an interest in the child’s development and progress, as well as supporting the school’s pastoral care. They provide a home-from-home environment for the student’s exeat and half-term holiday stays – and sometimes over the Christmas and Easter breaks as well. They attend parent/teacher meetings and report back to the parents as well as generally monitoring the academic and social development of the student in their care. The school has someone who acts as a link between them, the child, and the parent and who is an independent listener. At the same time the parents have confidence that if their child needs help or advice, someone is at the end of the telephone, email, or text to help support, encourage and advise their child in their absence.