Guardian Families provide a home from home environment for students from overseas. They are all volunteers who have full time careers or are retired and are seeking fulfilment from a role which offers the opportunity to provide support to a child from abroad. These families have an understanding of how it must feel to be a long way from home, in a country where you cannot communicate in your native language. They are compassionate and caring whilst remaining respectful of other cultures. They provide a safe environment for the student to stay during holidays, offering academic support where required and are always there to listen should the student need to voice any concerns.
Guardians are given 24 hour support from The Guardian Family Network should they need to raise an issue regarding the welfare of the student. Most families remain in contact with the student and their families long after guardianship has terminated and the student has returned to their own country to continue their career or commence their career back home.
All families are vetted as wellbeing of the student is paramount. Visits are carried out by members of staff and extensive checks are completed to ensure that prospective guardians are suitable for the role. Guardians and students are closely matched to ensure that a good fit is achieved and that both parties are happy with the set up. A trial is carried out prior to guardianship being confirmed to ensure that both the student and guardian family are happy with the arrangement.
If you are interested in becoming a guardian more information can be obtained via the Guardian’s section of this website where you can complete a form and we will get back to you. Alternatively why not give us a call for an informal chat, you can find our number on our contact page.
If you would like to register for your child to be under our guardianship care please complete the form expressing your interest or alternatively why not give the office a call on +44 (0)1225 290637 to obtain further information.