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5 key benefits of AEGIS membership

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You can work with the many schools, colleges and universities that recommend AEGIS accredited guardianship organisations to overseas parents.

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We will promote your organisation on the AEGIS website and in our literature to families and schools looking for trusted guardians.

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You will show educational establishments and overseas parents that you offer the very best guardianship services available.

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You will receive our useful legal framework which outlines the responsibilities of guardian, homestay, school and parent.

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You will become part of a network of professionals working together to improve guardianship standards in the UK and will receive discounted rates for all our events.

Testimonials

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    Heritage is proud to be a member of AEGIS; an organisation which has pioneered the raising and defining of the standards of care children from overseas receive when studying at educational institutions in the UK.

    Heritage Educational Planning
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    The thorough inspection and accreditation process are hugely reassuring because through them, we know that we are delivering best practice in all areas of our business.

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    How to become
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    Membership:
    There is an annual membership fee based on the size of your organisation. The basic annual membership fee is £250 + VAT plus £4.80 + VAT per student (max cap of £4000 + VAT)
    Re-inspection:
    To maintain membership, every guardianship organisation needs to be re-inspected every four years. The re-inspection fee is £2500 + VAT

    As an AEGIS member you must adhere to our Code of Practice

    Code of Practice for guardianship
    organisations and schools

    • To promote best practice in the guardianship and hosting of international students at schools and colleges, particularly those under 18 years of age.
    • To respect the rights, religion and customs of the international student.
    • To uphold the stated ethos and values of the school at all times.
    • To comply with the 1989 & 2004 Children Act and meet the requirements of the Department for Education Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019.
    • To comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and/or Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005.
    • To ensure all international students have 24-hour emergency contact with a responsible adult in the UK.
    • To put in place arrangements which maintain appropriate contact with the international student, the overseas parents and guardianship family and to ensure all appropriate records are up to date.
    • To provide both pastoral and educational support as outlined in any literature and agreements.
    • To adhere to the AEGIS grievance procedures.
    • To have appropriate insurance for guardianship arrangements and to comply with UK legislation.
    • To ensure that the AEGIS annual membership fee is paid in a timely manner.
    • To respect the business practices of others and uphold strong business ethics.
    • Member guardianship organisations to be prepared to undergo re-inspection every four years.