CARE OF UNDER 18S

Introduction

We understand that sending your child overseas to study and live can be worrying. This page should answer any questions or concerns you have, and help you make the best decision for you and your child to study at Capital School of English.

Care of our Students

Capital School of English believes your child’s safety, welfare and wellbeing (safeguarding) is important.

We take our duty of care for all our students seriously. We believe that all international students need help and support while studying with us and living in the UK (a new country), as you will experience

  • Different customs and cultures to your home country
  • A different language (English) to your home country
  • Being away from their family and friends

We believe in creating a safe and supportive school environment, where you (students) are at the centre of everything we decide and do (student-centred approach).

If you feel stressed or have any problems, talk to us immediately.

Under 18 = A child

Capital School of English takes students aged 16 and above on our ‘adult’ courses, and 12-17 on our Young Learner Courses & Customised Group Courses.

We take our duty of care for all our students seriously, and especially our extra duty of care for students under the age of 18.

In the UK, by law, any person who is not 18 is a child, irrespective of age of maturity in their home country.

Care of a student aged 16 or 17 on an adult course

Capital School of English takes students aged 16 and above on our ‘adult’ courses. While we have extra care and support for students aged 16 or 17 on ‘adult’ courses, we cannot provide 24-hour supervision.

Supervision

Supervision

We cannot provide 24-hour supervision.

Your child will be supervised during scheduled classes and in homestay accommodation after curfew time.

Under 18s are identifiable to all staff. All staff are aware of their extra duty of care to under 18s.

Scheduled Lessons

Scheduled Lessons

Your child must attend all their lessons.

If your child is absent, they will be contacted immediately to check on their safety and wellbeing.

If your child is late for class, he/she cannot enter the classroom until after the break, but he/she must stay in the school.

Social Programme

Social Programme

We have school organised activities during the week, which your child can attend if he/she would like.

The minimum age to attend the activities is advertised. Under 18s cannot go to 18+ activities, such as a pub tour.

16 – 17 year old Activity Programme (Summer Term Only)

16 – 17 year old Activity Programme (Summer Term Only)

In the summer term, we have designated school organised activities for students aged 16 or 17 years old.

Transfers on arrival/departure

Transfers on arrival/departure

We strongly recommend that your child has a taxi from and to the airport (transfer) arranged by us.

You can give permission for your child to travel independently from the airport to their accommodation, but a responsible adult* must meet your child at the airport.

Travel to and from school on a daily basis

Travel to and from school on a daily basis

Your child will be responsible for getting to and from school for lessons and activities.

The homestay will show your child the route (bus or walk) to and from the school before their first day.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Your child must stay in accommodation checked and approved by Capital School of English, either our homestay accommodation or with a relative or family friend.

Under 18s cannot stay in our Summer Residence.

Curfew Times

Curfew Times

Your child must always be home by 23:00 (11pm) every night.

If your child returns home after the curfew time, the homestay hosts will contact the school.

Laundry

Laundry

The homestay will wash and iron your child’s clothes as much as they need.

Your child should talk to the homestay about the laundry arrangements in their house.

Independent travel

Independent travel

We strongly recommend that your child does not take any trips that require them to stay overnight in another city.

If your child goes on a day trip, not booked or organised by Capital School of English, you must complete a Permission to Travel Form.

If your child takes an overnight trip, even organised by the school, you must complete a Permission to Travel Form.

Under 18 Induction

Under 18 Induction

Your child will have an extra induction just for students aged 16 or 17. They will meet other under 18 students and review the U18 Code of Conduct.

Weekly U18 catch up sessions

Weekly U18 catch up sessions

Your child must attend and participate in weekly catch up sessions (meetings) with the Student Welfare Officer.

If your child has any concerns or problems, let us know in these sessions or talk to us immediately.

Parental Agreements

Care of a student aged 12 to 17 in a Customised Group

When designing your customised group programme, we will inform you of any extra duty of care requirements in the UK.

It is important that you listen to and take our local knowledge seriously when designing your social programme. We will only offer a customised group programme which we are certain is safe for your group of students.

Overview of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Capital School of English believes that all students have a right to live, study, develop and achieve in a safe and supportive environment. Our school community has a responsibility to safeguard all students (irrespective of the age):

  • in or out of the school
  • at social events organised by the school
  • in accommodation provided by the school

Our school community has an extra Duty of Care for students under 18. In the UK, a student under the age of 18 is legally considered a child.

Many international students may also need an extra Duty of Care, particularly new arrivals, as they can be considered ‘vulnerable’, because they are:

  • living in an unfamiliar culture and environment
  • living away from family and friends
  • having much greater freedom
  • living and studying in a country in a second language

What is Safeguarding & Child Protection

What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding?

All children and young people need to have trusted adults around them to make sure they are kept safe from harm and abuse.

How can this be done?

We should ensure that all children and young people:

  • are well cared for
  • are healthy
  • are safe
  • have the best chances in life

and that:

  • all people working with children and young people are safe and suitable to do so
  • all places where children and young people go are safe.

Safeguarding is also about…

  • Giving support to children, young people and their families
  • Getting other people to help if necessary
  • Knowing what to do if you’re worried about a child or a young person
  • Recognising if a child or a young person is at risk of harm or abuse
  • Taking action to protect the child or young person

What is Child Protection?

What is Child Protection?

It is a part of safeguarding. It refers to the need to protect students U18 (children) from direct harmful or abusive behaviour.

What is Duty of Care?

What is Duty of Care?

In the UK there is a legal responsibility that adults who work with children have a duty to look after them properly, as children depend on adults for their safety and well-being.

Our School Community

Our School Community

  • Co-Founders
  • Teachers
  • Academic Managers
  • Student Services
  • Social Organiser
    • homestay hosts
    • group leaders
    • parents or legal guardians
    • other students

Our Designated Safeguard Team

Our Designated Safeguard Team

All staff make our Safeguarding Team.

Capital School of English has key staff that make the Designated Safeguarding Team. They are Specialist Safeguard Trained.

Our approach to safeguarding

Capital School of English believes your child’s safety, welfare and wellbeing (safeguarding) is important.

We have a safe and support school culture, where safeguarding and child protection is everyone’s responsibility.

Capital School of English believes ALL children have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

Capital School of English takes a child-centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding. Consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Our safeguarding roles and responsibilities

The Capital School of English Designated Safeguarding Team help and support your child, and keep them safe and from harm or abuse by ensure that all staff, who work with children:

  • Have the correct suitability checks (criminal checks – DBS)
  • are aware of their Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities
  • Regularly receive Safeguarding and Child Protection training
  • Report any Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns
  • Follow the expected standard of behaviour while working at Capital School of English
  • And much more. If you would like our full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, click here.

Talk to us on the phone

+44(0)1202 546875

Get in touch by email

info@capitalschool.co.uk