When children and teenagers come to study in the UK, there are special laws and rules to keep them safe. All English UK members are accredited by the British Council, which means they follow additional guidance to ensure young learners under the age of 18 stay safe and happy during their English course in the UK.
The British Council has strict rules to ensure safe care of under 18s. These rules protect students at all times, including in the classroom, at their accommodation, during the organised activities and during their spare time.
All students under the age of 18 are children under UK law. The rules are the same for all nationalities, even if a student is considered an adult in their home country.
Every accredited language centre has a safeguarding policy for under 18s, with procedures and rules to protect under 18s.
To protect young learners, accredited language centres will have:
If you have questions about safeguarding rules for young learners in the UK, you can contact Naadiya Rawat, English UK's compliance manager.