The Five Standards of our Quality Assurance Framework
- Members are responsive to the young person’s needs and to their positive outcomes. Members work in partnership with the young person, their parents and overseas partners to identify the young person’s needs in order to ensure they benefit from an enriching placement and positive outcomes. Members are responsive to the changing needs of young people, they plan and review the programmes offered and seek feedback from them in order to improve and develop the services offered.
- Members are committed to providing young person-centred services. Members place the young person’s well-being, safety and best interest at the core of their work and decision-making. They recognise that every young person is unique, with their own interests, abilities and learning style, and are active participants in their own development. Programmes provide young people with learning and social opportunities that support their development and offer a personally rewarding and enriching experience in a different culture.
- Effective management structures promote the young person having a fulfilling experience. Members have strong management structures that ensure they are well run, such as good financial planning and oversight with clear accountability and effective decision-making systems. Members are compliant with the requirements of Irish legislation, regulations and relevant codes of conduct, and have systems, policies and procedures in place that promote and support the young person’s successful placement in Ireland.
- Partners work together to ensure a successful student placement. Members are committed to working together effectively to achieve positive outcomes for the young person. Members provide clear information about what they deliver, how they will work with others, as well as what they need from others in order to ensure the young person has a successful placement. The processes and systems which support successful partnership working are effective and efficient.
- Members promote quality relationships with young people’s parents. The nature of the relationship with the young person’s parents is positive, open and purposeful. Members value each young person and their parents by respecting them and staff communicate constructively and openly with them via our overseas partners. Members recognise the primacy of the young
person’s family and the role of their parents as primary carers.
Summary of our Quality Assurance Framework (QAF)
All AGPI members will undergo a rigorous application and inspection process, repeated every three years.
All AGPI members are legally established to operate in Ireland.
All AGPI members have adequate Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
All AGPI members are in good financial standing and keep professional financial records.
All AGPI members are tax compliant.
All AGPI members legally employ a dedicated and qualified team to look after international students with a staff/student ratio of at least 1:30.
Systems & Policies
All AGPI members have documented and inspected systems and policies in place, which guarantee quality, efficiency and professionalism, from the application stage, right through to the departure of the international student, ensuring student welfare, pastoral care, academic progress, and personal safety.
All AGPI members adopt a collaborative communicative approach, connecting the young person, their parents, the overseas agent, the school, the host family and the guardianship provider. Student progress reports are issued monthly.
All staff and host families in AGPI member organisations have been Garda (police) vetted.
All staff at AGPI member organisations have undergone Child Safeguard Training, with at least one staff member who has undergone Designated Liaison Person (DPL) training.
AGPI members only place students in host families who have been inspected and meet AGPI criteria and have undergone Garda (police) vetting (every 3 years).
AGPI members provide a 24/7 emergency telephone service.
Staff at AGPI member organisations meet each student on a one-to-one basis, at least once per month to monitor progress and deal with any issues the student may have.
AGPI members have a clearly defined and implemented Child Protection Policy and Student Care Plan for each student in their care.