Questions for Guardianship Firms

Questions for Guardianship Firms

Families who are looking to use a guardianship firm's services may be unfamiliar with how these services work. For the peace of mind of both parents and students, it is a good idea to ask about anything you may be unsure of. Here are a few examples of questions that families like to ask..

  1. What exactly will I be paying for? (It is important that you are 100% clear and happy about the service you will be receiving.)
  2. Will my child be able to stay with the same family throughout the time that they are educated in the UK?
  3. Can my child move to a different host family if things don’t work out?
  4. Do you offer 24-hour cover in case of an emergency?
  5. Are you fully insured?
  6. Who will be the legal guardian - the host family or the director of the guardianship firm? Who should my child contact if he or she is having a problem? (It is key that you establish this because in many firms the appointed guardian is actually the director of the firm, not the host family.)
  7. How do you choose and inspect your guardians? Are they DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked?
  8. Will my child have the opportunity to meet and socialise with other overseas students?