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by: UKguests on 19th Jan, 2015

small_20160812-154230Anhang 1.jpg Happy New Year!

And so it begins. A new year, a new group of International students and guests arriving in the UK. As always, our aim is to work with as many homestay hosts as possible - so if you didn't host last year, 2015 may well be the year we are able to place a student or guest with you. Particularly as this year we are seeing an increase in younger students looking for homestay hosts in the UK.

This newsletter is primarily about UKguests' Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy. If you are planning to host students aged under 18, this is information that you need to know. So please do take a couple of moments to read this newsletter.

The UKguests team will be on hand to support you in hosting younger visitors should you decide to do so. And when they leave they will have made lifetime memories, built confidence and had an excellent introduction to the UK. And you will have helped make it happen! You can read more about the benefits of hosting younger students below. Please call us on 0208 558 4466 if you are interested in hosting students under 18 years.

What is Safeguarding?

You may already be familiar with the term 'Safeguarding'. Put simply, this means that everyone who is responsible for children or vulnerable adults also has a responsibility to keep them safe. The Children Act 1989 defines a child as being a "person under the age of 18". Although the majority of students who apply to stay with our homestay hosts are aged over 18, we have recently seen an increase in applications from younger students.

Therefore, UKguests has put together a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy which you can read here. The guidance is very useful and, whilst much of it might be things that you would do naturally, there may be some information which you had not previously thought about.

Although none of us would like to think that a child or vulnerable adult in our care would be at risk, it is important that the protection of children and vulnerable adults remains our priority and correct procedures are always in place and promoted.

We would therefore ask all homestay hosts to read our policy and please do call us on 0208 558 4466 or email for advice should you have any questions or concerns.

Your Role in Safeguarding

UKguests is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. If you host students aged under 18 years then you are responsible for helping us in these practices. There are a number of ways that you can do this and they are all straightforward. We've put together this checklist to support you.

1. Read UKguests' Safeguarding Children and Adults Policy by clicking here. This contains useful information on what Safeguarding is, how to protect children and vulnerable adults and what to do should you suspect that someone is at risk.

2. DBS Checks. Whilst it is important you have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, previously known as CRB checks) if you are hosting younger students, you don't need to have one of these prior to becoming a host. UKguests are happy to make an application on your behalf.

3. Changes in circumstances. It is important that you keep UKguests informed of any relevant changes to your situation, such as anything which could affect your DBS record or anyone else coming to live in your home.

As always, the UKguests team are on hand to support you if you have any questions or concerns about Safeguarding. Call us on 0208 558 4466 or email

Could you make 2015 unforgettable for a younger student?

Exciting. Educational. Magical. Unforgettable.
These are just some of the words used by our younger students to describe their first stay in the UK. Our first trip abroad is something we will remember for a lifetime. Even more so if we were lucky enough to do it in our formative years. This might be why UKguests has recently seen an increase in younger (aged under 18 years) students wanting to come and stay with our hosts. Imagine being 16 years old and temporarily living in an entirely different country. Not only would it be an amazing adventure, but research shows that the younger we are, the more quickly we pick up different languages and absorb different cultures. Not to mention how well it prepares us for travel in later life.

Our next newsletter will include a 'Top Tips for being a great Homestay Host' story. Whatever the age of the students or guests you host, we'd love to hear any tips you might have. Please take a look at our Host Handbook for inspiration by clicking here and contact us via Twitter or Facebook (links at bottom of this newsletter) with your best advice for being a great host!

As mentioned in our Christmas newsletter, we are always looking for new homestay hosts to help us give international students and guests a genuine taste of British culture, improve their English and enhance their education. If you know someone who would make a great host, please do encourage them to give us a call on 0208 558 4466 or they can make an online inquiry.


I think that it is a good idea that international students live in a British family when they come to England. In this way, students can learn English more easily and practise it all the time.