Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the AoCPP, talks to Yasemin Wigglesworth, CEO of AEGIS about their work in providing accreditation for guardianship organisations providing services to international students aged 18 and under, studying in the UK.

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In today's episode, Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Yasemin Wigglesworth, CEO of AEGIS about their work in providing accreditation for guardianship organisations providing services to international students aged 18 and under, studying in the UK.

AEGIS was founded in 1994 by a group of established guardianship organisations and UK boarding schools in response to the lack of regulations around care of international students, aged 18 and under, studying in the UK.

Currently, no existing legislation requires registration or accreditation of guardians looking after international students during school holidays in the UK or if short term care is needed out of school. This is why AEGIS works, firstly, to ensure that guardianship organisations meet the standards of current safeguarding and child protection legislation; and secondly, to ensure that the highest standards are maintained by guardianship organisations in respect of the pastoral, social, cultural and educational welfare of international students.

The core work of AEGIS is the accreditation of guardianship organisations through a rigorous programme of inspections. AEGIS also: shares best practice in guardianship with schools and agents; offers support, guidance and preparation to guardianship organisations seeking accreditation; and provides up-to-date information to schools, guardians, parents, agents and the education sector.

Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing, intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.

Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes; providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards; working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers; identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children and young people. Wendy is currently the chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals.

Would you like to learn more from this discussion? You can access extra resources kindly made accessible to AoCPP members by AEGIS via our website.

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For more information about membership of the Association of Child Protection Professionals go to childprotectionprofessionals.org.uk/join

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For those listening in the future, this episode is being recorded and published while the UK (and the world) is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Many frontline professionals are finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused as government guidance is changing daily. To alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, we have created the AoCPP Podcast, which will provide support to these professionals who continue to serve our country, its vulnerable children and families, in unprecedented circumstances.

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Find out more about Wendy Thorogood 

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