We all need a bit of help from time to time. When it comes to helping our children, how can we be sure that we are choosing the right person to give them what they need?
The pandemic has put a lot of pressure on parents to find support to help their children who may have missed out on some aspects of their learning. This could be through an academic subject tutor, or someone to support study skills. It could be in other areas of their lives, such as a sports coach, or a music teacher, or a college counsellor.
So how do you know that you are hiring the right person to work with your child?
Thankfully there are some excellent services being offered both face to face and online by well qualified people and through reputable agencies. Unfortunately, there are also some people and agencies offering services that fall short of the high standards we should expect for our children’s learning and wellbeing. So how do you tell the reputable from those who are not? How do you avoid not only an expensive mistake but – even worse – the risk of placing your child in harm’s way? It is an unfortunate fact that the world of international private tuition and educational support is not as well regulated as it should be. It is not enough to rely on word of mouth recommendations within your community. You need more certainty that the person you decide to work with is qualified, experienced and understands the importance of child protection.
So what can you do to be sure that you are finding the best possible help? A good start might be to ask these four questions:
- What professional training and or experience does this person have?
- Can this person provide references with contact details?
- Is this person accredited by a professional organisation?
- Does this person have a police check and safeguarding training to work safely with young people?
If you are hiring educational services to support your child’s learning, you need to be sure you are finding the best help. We expect our schools to be rigorous in their hiring of faculty and staff. We need to do the same as parents.
If you need any support and guidance hiring educational services, please reach out!