Protecting all children within our care
Safeguarding gives us clear guidelines and boundaries to ensure that each child is in a safe environment.
The care and safety of your child is at the centre of everything we do and at Alpha Guardians we take the responsibility of safeguarding all of our students very seriously, ensuring that all our hosts hold a current DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service) and are Police Checked as well as providing written references. They also undergo a rigorous selection process of visits, interviews and training, providing them with additional advice on becoming a host family and guidance on safeguarding and caring for the students within their care.
We have a senior designated safeguarding officer and all staff are kept up-to-date with current safeguarding policies. A summary of the safeguarding policy is given to all of our hosts and a full copy is available from Head Office.
All our students, on or before arrival, are briefed on the importance of safeguarding in the environment in which they are living and studying, as well as keeping themselves safe whilst using the internet.
Students under 16 who come to the UK alone from abroad for more than 28 days are considered as a private fostered child. It is a statutory duty for us at Alpha to inform the Local Authority of any child or young person who is in a private fostering arrangement, and both the local authority and Alpha will visit the child regularly to oversee their care and welfare.
Alpha Guardians is accredited by AEGIS, the Association for the Education and the Guardianship of International students.