Agents at StudyWorld will be able to book meetings with safeguarding experts. They will offer practical advice and suggestions to help keep young learners safe.
Topics can include police checks for group leaders, curfew times, risk assessments, parental consent, suitable accommodation. Basically, anything about how to look after under-18s.
The UK has strict rules on looking after under-18s, covering everything from teachers to risk assessments. Therefore, the UK is safe for young students. But parents, agents and educators sometimes have questions about how safeguarding works.
It is important that agents understand safeguarding laws and the British Council’s accreditation guidelines. They can then tell young students and their parents what to expect.
Safeguarding trainer Kevin O’Donnell stresses the importance of staying up to date on the guidance: “It’s a constantly evolving area which responds to new concerns. Online safety is more important now. Also I think providers will pay greater attention to transgender issues in future.”
“We aim to help educators and their partners understand how to work together to safeguard more effectively. We welcome anyone who has questions regarding young learners, vulnerable adults, inspection criteria, and safeguarding in general.”