Host Family Agreement and Declaration

The Parties: The parties to this contract are: Pippa’s Guardians 5, Grosvenor House, 127, Church Street, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2BA , and The Host Family (“you”) whose name(s), address and family details are given on Page 2 of this agreement. 

Appointment and Contract Duration: Subject to clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (unless already obtained) we appoint you to act as Host Family in respect of Students in the care of Pippa’s Guardians.  The contract between the parties mentioned above will be on an ongoing basis and unless there are exceptional circumstances to justify short notice (as detailed below in Notice of Termination, both parties will give at least one term’s notice before bringing this agreement to an end.

 

Your Responsibilities:  You hereby confirm that when you are issued with our Host Family Handbook, which will be issued to you upon your successful application it forms part of your agreement and that you will do everything reasonable to comply with those responsibilities. You will not accommodate or release care of the Student without our knowledge and confirm that you will inform Pippa’s Guardians at the earliest opportunity of any change in home details or composition of the household during the course of this contract.

 

Our Responsibilities: We are contracted by the parents of our students to be their Educational Guardian while their child studies here in the UK.  For more detail on our responsibilities please visit  www.pippasguardians.co.uk/tandcs/ where a full explanation of our role and responsibilities can be found.

Safeguarding:  Imogen Trevethan is the DSL at Pippa’s Guardians and can be reached on 07593 443685 or imogen@pippasguardians.co.uk and Ben Hughes is the DDSL and can be reached on 07714 034749 or .  Our office number is 01684 252757.  Our 24hr number is 07721 372865 and is answered by Pippa’s Guardians DSL trained staff should any Safeguarding issue arise out of hours. Online Child Protection training will be offered to you as a Pippa’s Guardians Host Family and our Safeguarding Policy, E-Safety Policy and Missing Student Policy can be found on our website at www.pippasguardians.co.uk or hard copies can be provided to you on request. The Host Family Handbook contains further detailed guidance on looking after our students and ensuring their wellbeing at all times.

Emergency contact: Pippa’s Guardians will be on 24-hour call if any emergencies arise whilst the Student is in your care and must be notified immediately.  The 24hr number is 07721 372865.

Payment Terms: We will pay you any charges that have been incurred on behalf of the Student in accordance with this agreement and our “Host Family Fee Structure” as detailed on page 8.

Payment Rates: We will pay you an Accommodation Charge for each day when the Student stays with you. We will also refund any car mileage costs (as per our Host Family Fee Structure), as well as any extra expenses (receipts will be required), incurred on the Student’s behalf. Expenses over £50 will need to be authorized by your Pippa’s Guardians Area Manager.

Student Accommodation: When students under the age of 16 are in your care, no students over the age of 20 must be hosted in your household at the same time and you must not operate any form of bed and breakfast facility or host any other paid guests when hosting our students.

HM Revenue & Customs: You will indemnify Pippa’s Guardians in the event of a claim for income tax or national insurance contributions being brought against Pippa’s Guardians in respect of any payment made to you by us under the terms of this agreement.

Loss and Damage:  We will not be responsible for compensating you for any loss or damage caused by the Student when in your care.  If the Student causes material damage (other than fair wear and tear) to your property we will do what we reasonably can to recover the cost of repair or replacement from the parent, but without being obliged to take legal action, or incur expenses beyond letters or telephone calls.

Complaints and Problems: You must notify us at once if the Student makes a complaint against any member of your Family, other person or against the School or if you wish to make a complaint concerning the Student. A copy of our Complaints Policy can be found on our website at www.pippasguardians.co.uk or a hard copy can be provided to you on request.

Notice of Termination:  Unless there are exceptional circumstances to justify short notice, both parties will give at least one term’s notice before bringing this agreement to an end.  Pippa’s Guardians reserves the right to withdraw the Student immediately should we reasonably consider that this is necessary to safeguard and promote the welfare of the Student, in which case payment would cease immediately.  In the event the concerns prove to be unfounded, we will consider reasonable adjustments of any pay issues.  Pippa’s Guardians would not terminate this agreement without good cause and would consult with the affected parties as appropriate.

Action following Termination: If this agreement is terminated in circumstances which give rise to concerns about the risk of harm to children (or vulnerable adults), Pippa’s Guardians will have a legal obligation under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 to provide full information to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Data Protection: Subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which has applied from 25 May 2018, when it superseded the UK Data Protection Act 1998, you consent on behalf of yourselves and other members of the household for whom you can consent to Pippa’s Guardians collecting, using, storing and disclosing information about you and other members of your household for the following purposes:

  • Arranging a suitable Host Family for the Student;
  • Providing educational guardian services to parents including welfare and pastoral services and administration;
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the student.

A copy of our Data Protection and Privacy Policy can be found on our website at www.pippasguardians.co.uk or a hard copy can be provided to you on request.

Direct Dealings: We have introduced the parents and the Student to you on the basis that all your dealings with them will be through or on behalf of Pippa’s Guardians only. If you enter into a direct contract with the Parents at any time, you will pay us the sums we would have been entitled to receive had the direct contract not been made.

Indemnity: You agree to indemnify us against any liability which we may incur in respect of a breach of a duty of care and/or breach of contract caused by (or contributed to) anything which you (or any member of the Host Family) does or fails to do in the performance of this agreement.

We are not responsible for delays outside our control. If our supply of the services is delayed by an event outside our control then we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and we will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. Provided we do this we will not be liable for delays caused by the event, but if there is a risk of substantial delay you may contact us to end the contract and receive a refund for any part of the services you have paid for but not received.

Third Party Rights: Only Pippa’s Guardians and the Host Family are parties to this agreement.  Neither the Student nor the parents nor any third party is a party to it.

Legal contract: A legally binding contract will be formed once a person duly authorised by Pippa’s Guardians has signed and dated this agreement, which has previously been signed by the Host Family.

Governing Law: This contract is governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

Declaration: I declare that I have no criminal record or court case pending against me and that there is no reason why I should not be considered a person suitable to work with children.  I am not on the list of individuals barred from working with children or otherwise disqualified to work with children, administered by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or subject to sanctions imposed by any regulatory body.

I will allow a representative of Pippa’s Guardians to inspect the suitability of the accommodation at least once a year, if required. We also ask our Host Families to co-operate with any inspection that we are subject to by AEGIS or any other statutory body and that as part of this inspection process, a meeting with the host family and access to their accommodation at a pre-arranged time may be necessary.

I understand that this position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, written warnings, bind overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’, must be declared.

I understand that all references given must have known me for a minimum of two years in the past five years and will be followed up and that Pippa’s Guardians will request an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, including a check of the barred lists.   I have read the Enhanced Check Privacy Policy for applicants https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-privacy-policies and I understand how DBS will process my personal data and the options available to me for submitting an application.