COVID-19 – Stay safe

COVID-19 Update: The health and safety of everyone involved in our programmes has always been, and will remain, a priority for EIL UK. As the COVID-19 situation changes, different rules apply in different parts of the UK and to international mobility. We continue to monitor developments, follow Government guidance and public health advice, and update and adapt our programmes accordingly. Programmes are operating with new procedures and protocols in place to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting Coronavirus. Further information is available in the latest Update which can be found in the documents menu on this page.

EIL UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, learning and personal development of all individuals. We expect all staff, partners and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding our participants, host families and staff is of critical importance to EIL UK. We worked closely with ChildSafe, the child protection charity, to establish our safeguarding policies and procedures which are updated annually to reflect current practice.

ChildSafe specialised in safeguarding and preventing the abuse of children and young people away from home, particularly in the global youth travel sector. Today, EIL UK’s policies and procedures benefit from safeguarding expertise available in the education and global youth travel sectors and from practitioner knowledge shared between EIL’s wide range of partners. As an organisation, we continue to review our practices and identify new ways to keep adults, vulnerable adults, children and young people safe.

EIL UK recognises that providing a home for an international visitor can be a rewarding but also a challenging experience for adults and children. For this reason, we offer advice and training for participants and for Host Families to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone involved in the charity’s educational, cultural or language exchange programmes.

A copy of our current safeguarding procedure is available in the documents menu on this page.