The Scottish Overseas Guardianship Agency offers pastoral care and legal guardianship services for international students whilst they are studying in Scotland and under the age of eighteen.
Sending your child to be educated at one of Scotland’s ancient schools is always going to be a challenge for any family. Although no one can ever replace a child’s family, parents using SOGA know that their child has a safe home in Scotland.
Most independent schools in the United Kingdom now require parents to a appoint a guardian. This is easy if you have family or friends nearby but is more difficult if you do not have a social network in Scotland. SOGA works to place your child with a guardian family to support them in case of illness, suspension, or half-term holidays.
SOGA allows you to be more confident and relaxed in your decision to give your child an overseas experience. In choosing SOGA, you ensure that your child has the pastoral support they need.
SOGA is based in the historic city of Perth, in Scotland's central belt. Its central location is situated within an hour’s drive to both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. SOGA is a family business managed by Pamela Keracher, husband Peter Keracher, and a small admin team. SOGA works to liaise between parents and schools to make arrangements best suited to their pastoral care and travel arrangements. Pamela Keracher, or a member of her small team, will visit the students at school. SOGA will also represent parents at any school events including teacher-parent evenings.
Students stay with host families, chosen by Pamela Keracher, and are held to the highest level of legal scrutiny. This includes police checks. All checks are in-line with Child Care Legislation and Government Guidelines in relation to good childcare practice.
The families chosen as guardian families have all been selected for their ability to readily share their home and family. SOGA will attempt from the outset to place your child with a family that meets a student’s individual needs. Many students with SOGA over the years have developed lifelong friendships within and around their guardian families.
Because SOGA places students with families, students have the opportunity to experience Scottish and British society. Students are given the comfort of a home to relax, but also as a foundation from which to explore Scotland, and meet new people.
The Scottish Overseas Guardianship Agency (下称SOGA) 给予18岁以下留学苏格兰的国际学生一个合法的监护人服务。
SOGA位置于苏格兰的中心地带、历史悠久的珀斯(Perth)。其位置方可在一小时内驾驶至爱丁堡以及格拉斯哥两个苏格兰的主要机场。 SOGA是由Pamela Keracher，其丈夫Peter Keracher，以及一个小型管理团队运作的家族企业。 SOGA充当着一个在家长以及学校之间的联络人角色，以便给孩子一个最合适的服务及交通安排。 Pamela Keracher，或管理团队成员会定期前往学校关心学生的现况。 SOGA亦能代表家长出席家长日在内的学校活动。
SOGA was founded in 1987 by Jeanne Hackett. After a life lived around independent schools, Jeanne recognised the need to develop a flexible and affordable guardianship service for students from overseas who were studying in Scotland. For Jeanne, it quickly became apparent that different families required different types of guardianships. As a result, she felt a growing need to try out new ideas and packages of guardianship.
In 2007, Jeanne retired and the organisation was bought over by the current director, Pamela Keracher (known as Pam).
Pam was well known to students, families and hosts as she herself was a host for a number of years. Prior to taking over SOGA, Pam had been involved with guardians and guardianships most of her life. She had been an overseas student herself. Therefore, she knew firsthand the importance of a settled, happy, stable and safe place for young people when they were away from home.
Like Jeanne, Pam is committed to meet the needs of all parents and students. She believed that it was important that parents did not opt for a lesser guardianship arrangement because they considered Guardianship Agencies too expensive. As a result, she developed the current range of guardianship packages.