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Why are UK schools requesting overseas students under 18 to use AEGIS guidelines and enhanced DBS check vetted host families?

The use of AEGIS guidelines and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks for host families of overseas students under 18 in the UK is likely due to concerns about safeguarding the welfare and well-being of the students. AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) is a UK-based organization that sets standards and guidelines for the guardianship of international students. At the same time, the enhanced DBS check is a more comprehensive background check used to screen individuals for work with children or vulnerable adults.

By requiring overseas students under 18 to stay with host families who have been vetted using these guidelines and checks, schools in the UK aim to ensure that the students are placed in safe and suitable living arrangements during their studies. This is important because these students may be living away from home for the first time and may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation.

Overall, using AEGIS guidelines and enhanced DBS checks for host families is a responsible and proactive measure taken by UK schools to ensure the safety and well-being of the students in their care.