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Beware and be aware..... 1. The Hosts To become a host for Airbnb, you are not required to undergo a DBS (Criminal Record Check.) All Bright World hosts have a DBS check and we take out two references on each person. 2. Standards Nobody inspects Airbnb houses to check they are suitable. Bright World host families are all visited each year to check the standards are high. The Colindale Centre for Relax and Revise is state of the art hotel-quality accommodation with supervisors. 3. Good Food? There is no catering included in an Airbnb home. Costs may seem cheap at the outset but takeaways and shopping costs soon add up. Also can you rely on your child to eat a balanced meal? The cost of a Bright World host family includes three balanced meals a day. There is a gourmet Chef at our Relax and Revise centre and the food recently got a 10/10 score. 4. 18 or over - the loophole... Airbnb hosts can exercise leeway, handing over keys to a friend or family member and are not restricted to meeting the person booking the accommodation or the person planning to stay in the accommodation. This is not safe. This means a young child can collect the keys and stay in the house with no-one knowing. 5. Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Other travellers may also be staying in the accommodation and there is no way of knowing who these travellers are prior to your stay. This is what worries us the most. Anyone could be staying in the house, even in the same room. 6. ZERO supervision and care Students with medical conditions/allergies are not monitored during their stay at an Airbnb unless parents/school have made this private arrangement with the host. There is no supervision from a responsible adult so if a child is unwell or missing - who cares?? The answer is no-one. No-one is obliged to look out for an Airbnb guest. a message from our Director of Safeguarding... “The rules put in place by Airbnb for travellers means that Bright World cannot ultimately ensure that we are doing all we can to safeguard students under our care. I would advise any parents considering Airbnb as an option for their child to consider all the risks first before booking. We certainly won’t be allowing any children under our guardianship to use this booking platform” Claire Taylor


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