Step One – Complete and return the application form. You will find this via the ‘Apply’ tab in the menu above. You can either return the form by scanning it and emailing it to office@guardianfamily.co.uk OR you can also post your completed form to Siobhan Skaife at the following address.

Hampden House, Monument Park, Warpsgrove Lane, Chalgrove, Oxon OX44 7RW

The details on your form help us to match you up with a potential child and to tell their family overseas about you. This form also requests contact details of two referees who know you well enough to vouch for your ability to care for children. We will also ask all family members who live at home and are over 18 to complete a CRB form, so we can carry out an enhanced background check.

Step Two – We will contact you by phone to discuss the role in more detail, answer any questions you may have and to tell you a little more information about the children for whom we are currently seeking guardian families.

Step Three – If we have a child who you are keen to meet, we will arrange for one of our staff team to come and meet you in your home. During the visit we will ask to see the bedroom where the child will be staying and for a tour of your home. We will also spend some time with you getting to know you a bit better and will be able to discuss the child for whom we are seeking a guardian in a bit more detail. Following the visit, we will ask you if you are happy to proceed to the next step.

Step Four – We send a report about you and your family to the child’s family back home, asking if they are happy to proceed to the next step.

Step Five – If you and the child’s parents are happy to proceed, we will arrange for the child to come and have a trial stay with you. This might be for an exeat weekend or for a half term. This is your opportunity to meet the child and see if you feel they will settle in your family. It is also the chance for the child to meet you and see if they feel happy to stay with you long-term.There is no long-term commitment or obligation at this stage.

Step Six – Following the trial visit, we seek feedback from all parties and if everyone is happy to proceed, we then confirm you as the child’s guardian. We will inform the school and send you a float to cover anticipated expenses for the forthcoming term, as well as asking you to confirm your availability for forthcoming exeats, half term holidays and airport runs.

The staff team at The Guardian family Network will remain at the end of the phone or on email to support and advise you throughout the child’s time at boarding school.