All staff who deal with our students are police checked including drivers for transfers and host families.
Staff who work on UKHSI В programmes hold a recognised certificate in Basic Child safety and Protection and senior management hold the advanced qualification.
We offer a special chaperone service available for younger learners. The nominated chaperone will meet students at their home and take them to their lessons and make sure they arrive back home safely after lessons or activities.
- Our teacher/student ratio is high.
- We have 24 hour emergency help line 7 days a week.
- Our stringent policies and procedures ensure our students safety at all times.
UK High School Immersion believes that the welfare of a child or young person is paramount.
- All children & young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- Staff will be clear on how to respond appropriately.
There is no single age in UK legislation where children stop being children and become young adults. For Child Protection purposes and for the Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) children are defined as anyone under the age of 18.
We will endeavour to safeguard children & young people by:
- Adopting child protection procedures.
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies that need to know. UKHSI staff may be unable to offer total confidentiality to a student as there is a legal commitment to protect young persons from abuse.
- Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of all staff.
- Being aware that all adults on our premises offering services must be monitored
- Providing effective management for staff through supervision, support and training.
- Reporting to the Child Protection Officer if abuse is suspected, while a child under 18 is studying at the school.
- Being aware of health and safety, bullying and harassment, online protection and photography issues particularly relating to children and young people
Duty of care
As education providers owes its students a duty of care in respect of their safety. Where the student is under 18 we will take the care that a reasonably prudent or careful parent would take of his/her parents in the circumstances. We recognise that these may include the fact that under 18s may not have the same knowledge or experience of the UK as home students so may be more vulnerable.
UKHSI pledges to check that homestay families are suitable and safe surroundings for a young international student.