The Five Standards of our Quality Assurance Framework 

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. 

5. 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.

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