Welfare and safeguarding resources
We want to ensure our member centres have the resources, training and knowledge to deliver an excellent experience for international students learning English in the UK.
For guidance on reopening your language centre post-pandemic lockdown and on ensuring it is Covid-19 secure visit the reopening guidance in our Covid-19 resource hub.
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English UK welfare manual
The English UK welfare manual is a guide to help members deliver best practice in student welfare, accommodation and safeguarding under 18s.
Note: The Safeguarding Under 18s section was updated in January 2022 to reflect recent changes in access to the Barred List.
a) Prohibited list: Since the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK no longer has access to the list of EEA nationals who have sanctions which prohibit them from working (usually as a teacher) in an education setting. If any of your prospective staff have worked in the EEA recently you will need to be able to confirm that no sanctions are in place. The best way to do this is to obtain a letter from the professional regulating authority in the relevant country. You can find contact details of regulatory bodies on the European Commission's Regulated professions database
. If this isn't possible, other options should be considered, such as additional references.
b) Barred list: The standalone Barred List is now managed by the Teaching Regulation Agency. They have reviewed who has access in accordance with guidance and, as a result, private language centres are no longer able to hold a licence for direct access to the standalone Barred List check. Members must therefore wait for sight of the DBS certificate before allowing a member of staff to have unsupervised access to under 18s.
Prevent duty: what English UK member centres need to know
The Prevent strategy is a UK Government initiative to stop people becoming involved in violent extremism and/or in supporting terrorism.
Our guidance document explains what ELT providers must do in order to meet their Prevent duties.
Mental health resources
We want to create an industry that is open and honest about mental health issues and is able to keep everyone safe.
We have compiled resources to help you learn more about mental health and how to support your colleagues and students.
People trafficking guidance
All education providers need to make sure they have robust systems in place that can spot signs of people trafficking quickly. There are several steps that ELT centres can take to ensure they are enrolling genuine students.
Presentations from the 2019 student experience conference: