Student safeguarding

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Working with you to safeguard students

St Brelade’s College has a duty of care to children and young people attending the school and aims to ensure that staff, group leaders, accommodation providers and other suppliers help to keep them safe.

Our hosts are required to undergo certain background checks following their application to host, as outlined below.

References & background checks

It is essential that we screen potential hosts on behalf of the children’s families who live overseas, for the children we represent and for the general good of everyone involved in hosting children. You can be assured that all information collected and given will be treated in the strictest confidence. These checks consist of:

  • Enhanced DBS check (only required if hosting juniors) – All members of your household aged 18 years or above undergoing an Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service). If you currently hold one, we can accept this as long as we are able to view the original certificate, it is within 3 months of date and/or it is registered on the update renewal service. If not, we will carry out a check for you free of charge*. You will then be obliged to register it on the update renewal service at a cost of £13 per year in order to keep your certificate valid. In certain circumstances, we reserve the right to carry out additional check with social services.
  • Character references – Complete two personal reference check forms per household, if hosting under 18 years and one form, if hosting 18 years or above. If you are already an existing host who is reapplying to host for the coming year, you are not required to redo these. Your character referees can be close friends, neighbours, employers or professionals (not relatives) who you have known for at least 12 months, who will support your application as a suitable host that is able to provide suitable accommodation and supervision to an overseas student.

* St Brelade’s College will provide a DBS free of charge as long as you host for a minimum of 4 weeks in the year with us. If you host for under this length of time you will be required to pay back the DBS fee to the school (£50).

Safeguarding course

Following your successful application to become a host of junior students, you’ll be required to complete a free short online safeguarding course. During your home visit, the School Accommodation Officer will also provide you with more understanding of your role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, answering any questions you may have.

You’ll be required to read and follow our school safeguarding policy. This provides guidance of what to do if you have a concern about a child’s wellbeing or believe them to be experiencing or at risk of abuse, who to refer this to and information of local support such as the Children and Families Hub. If a child is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

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