LVC courses are primarily aimed at adults aged over 18 but we do welcome students aged 16 and 17. This page describes how we care for students aged under 18.
Before arrival at the LVC we require all parents/guardian and student aged under 18 to sign a parental consent form to confirm that they understand the rules that we have in place for the welfare of under 18s and the level of supervision that we provide for them.
The College will inform the parents/guardian of any breaks in the rules and the consequences.
The form will include the student’s parent/guardian contact details in case of emergency.
If they are not staying with family in the UK, we usually require all students under 18 to book homestay accommodation through the college. Alternative arrangements where the student will have adult supervision, such as staying with a family friend, can be accepted provided we have written confirmation of the arrangements from the parents at the time of the enrolment.
LVC carefully recruits it’s homestay hosts who meet British Council requirements LVC will only place students under 18 in a homestay where the main carer has provided an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, which confirms suitability to work with children at their home address
Students will usually need to use public transport to get to and from College. They will travel between their homestay accommodation and the school unsupervised. Their host will show them how to reach LVC on their first day. Parents should ensure that their child has enough money for public transport. A weekly student bus ticket in London is £25.
LVC does not provide 24-hour supervision of under 18s.
After class students are very welcome to join the school’s social activities, relax in the common areas. Students will not be supervised during their free time but LVC staff will give advice on how to stay safe during these times.
At the College
Students under the age of 18 will study in classes with adults over 18 years old and are expected to attend every lesson and must be on time. Students under 18 cannot take holidays or days off without parental consent. If students are absent from classes we will try to contact them or their guardian in the UK. If there is no response, LVC staff will check with the homestay and follow up until we are sure that the student is safe.
LVC London school of English premises are monitored by CCTV cameras to ensure student’s safety.
Excursions: Safeguarding Under 18s:
If there are students who are under 18 on an excursion, there will be 2 members of staff accompanying each group. Under 18 students will be clearly identified on the teacher’s register and attendance list and LVC staff will double check before the journey to ensure that all Under 18 students are noted.
Additional safety precautions: LVC staff will have the mobile number of all under 18 students and will ensure all under 18 students stay with LVC staff during the excursion.
The school ensures there is sufficient adult supervision of all social programmes, both on-site and of-site. The acceptable supervisor: student ratios at LVC are:
1:10 (under 16 – 18s) 1:12 (18+)
Care and support
LVC is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for all students, and particularly for under 18s. All students receive a full induction on their first day, where key members of staff are introduced. The induction includes a tour of the building, information about the course and health and safety information.
The College has a safeguarding policy. Please see it in our policies section in our website. All members of staff have received appropriate safeguarding and child protection training and know the procedures that should be followed if there is cause for concern. All homestay hosts receive relevant information and guidance on safeguarding young people and who to report concerns to.
Who can a student talk to if they have problems?
All homestay providers who host students under 18 are required to provide a valid Enhanced DBS.
The 24/7 Student Emergency contact numbers are:
James Nuttall – Safeguarding Officer – Phone number +44(0) 7981 027 209
Edith Bonito – Principal – Phone number +44(0)793 056 1661