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Complaints Policy

This procedure has been created for:
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Agents
  • All household members of Home Stay Families
Since 1992 WHG has prided itself on the quality of the pastoral care provided to its students. Parents & agents are encouraged to be in close liaison with staff about their children’s wellbeing irrespective of service level and it is hoped that all can work together for the pupils’ benefit. If parents have a complaint, they can expect it to be treated with care and in accordance with this Complaints Procedure.
 
Our complaints procedure is in three steps and we hope to find a resolution to any complaint at the earliest possible stage.
 
Step 1 – Informal Resolution
 
If someone has a complaint, they should first contact their Local Guardian to find a resolution. In most cases, issues can be resolved quickly, efficiently and to a satisfying conclusion.
If the complaint concerns the Local Guardian, contact the Development Manager at Head Office
• by email - gail@whg.eu.com
• or phone +44 8 458 686 688
A written record of all complaints will be logged. If the complaint is not resolved in a satisfying manner on an informal basis, please consider step 2
 
Step 2 – Formal Resolution
 
If the complaint cannot be resolved on an informal basis, then the complaint should be put in writing to a WHG Partner. Complaints will normally only progress to Stage 2 after first being considered at the preliminary, informal, stage and only if the complainant wishes to escalate the matter to Stage 2. The Partner will decide, after considering the complaint, the appropriate course of action to take.
At this stage, the Partner may wish to speak directly to the complainant via telephone or Skype at a mutually convenient time.
The Partner will investigate the complaint personally and impartially. Once all the facts have been established, the Partner will report findings and take action accordingly.
If the complaint is not satisfied with the conclusion of Step 2, they may consider the final Step, 3.
 
Step 3 – Official Complaint to AEGIS
 
If a resolution or satisfying result has not been reached through Step 1 or 2, WHG will suggest making a formal complaint to AEGIS.
 
AEGIS is an independent registered charity that will give impartial support to parents who have an ongoing complaint that cannot be resolved direct with WHG.
 
WHG will expect the complainant to give their account of the complaint and WHG will in turn share the findings of the Partner. Together between all three parties a resolution will be sought to close the matter to satisfy all parties.
 

Timeframe for Dealing with Complaints

All complaints received by WHG will be treated seriously and handled sensitively. We will acknowledge complaints as soon as reasonably practical, normally within five working days. Within that acknowledgement, we will set out how we intend to deal with the complaint and the timeframe within which parents can expect to hear further from us.
 

Recording Complaints

Following resolution of a complaint, Head Office will keep a written record of all formal complaints, whether they are resolved at the informal step or beyond.
Record keeping is useful for management purposes and to enable any patterns of concern to be monitored. Key information will be included as part of the complaint such as:
  • Date when the issue was raised.
  • Name of parent.
  • Name of pupil.
  • Description of the issue.
  • Records of all the investigations (if appropriate).
  • Witness statements (if appropriate).
  • Name of member(s) of staff handling the issue at each stage.
  • Copies of all correspondence on the issue (including emails and records of phone conversations).
WHG is mindful of its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (and from May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation) to keep such information for no longer than is necessary.
 
You can download a PDF version of this policy using the link below

 

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