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Friday 17-Mar-2017
【Oh爸媽:寄宿學校攻略】關於監護人,你必須知道的四件事

孩子要遠赴英國展開校園生活,父母感到不捨絕對是人之常情。作為英識升學顧問之一,幾年來累積的經驗亦令我更明白為人父母的各種擔憂。

選擇往英國留學的好處之一,就是校方特別注重學生的安全,並擁有非常完善的制度,從各方面確保學生在生理和心理方面都能適應新生活。然而絕大部分寄宿學校都會要求18歲以下的國際生必須擁有一位英國合法居民擔任監護人(Guardian)。

今次先為大家解答幾條家長常問關於Guardian的問題,希望能釋除大家的疑慮。

監護人有甚麼職責?

監護人的最大責任,就是負起「代父母」的角色,照顧你子女在學習上和生活上的需要,確保他們學校內外也能得到最好的照料。

首先,當你的孩子抵達英國,監護人便會到機場接送你的孩子。他們亦會在學期開始時跟你的孩子見面,和讓他們熟悉校園附近的情況,盡量減輕他們面對新環境的壓力。若學校舉行家長會,監護人會代替各位父母出席,並確保遠在香港的父母亦能得知子女的學業進度。

另外,監護人亦會在學校長假期為孩子提供住宿,並安排你的子女往返學校的交通。而且學生亦可在週末時按情況選擇在監護人住處留宿。

當然,除了基本的職責以外,監護人亦可在突發情況保障學生的利益。例如若學生不幸意外受傷需要施行手術,監護人擁有法律權力,可代家長簽署手術保證書。

誰能成為監護人?

基本上,只要年滿25歲、持有英國護照、擁有英國固定地址便可成為監護人。若你有親友或朋友長期居住在英國並且符合以上條件,你可以邀請他們成為你們孩子的監護人。

由於多數英國留學生在英國沒有親友能擔任監護人,因此大部分家長都會選擇信譽好的監護人公司,助他們尋找適合的監護人。監護人公司對於審核監護人有一套嚴格標準,並且會事先進行home visit,評定申請人的居住環境以及他們的性格、背景是否適合。

我一定要為子女安排監護人嗎?

大部分寄宿學校會要求學生擁有監護人,某些學校更會指定監護人公司,家長應事先了解監護人公司的收費和服務範圍。

我應該怎樣選擇監護人公司?

不少學校都會跟監護人公司合作,為學生推介合適的監護人。坊間的監護人公司種類繁多,不同公司提供的服務亦不盡相同,某些更能根據你的需要提供個人化服務。

若各位家長真的無從入手,其實可參考AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Student)認可的40間監護人公司。AEGIS是英國極具權威的獨立機構,專門評核監護人公司,以保障18歲以下國際生的權益。

一些獲AEGIS認證的監護人公司會專門為特定客戶群服務,James-Lee Consultancy 就是其中之一。James-Lee在香港設有專員,非常了解本地家長的需求。另一間獲AEGIS認證的Pippa’s Guardians設有中英翻譯服務,香港家長與英國監護人之間溝通更輕鬆。

綜合眾多條件,我認為選擇監護人最重要還是雙方價值觀互相配合。若監護人能設身處地為你的孩子著想,服務範圍亦符合你的要求,便是最合適的選擇。

 

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