FAQs for HOSTS
What is UkraineConnect
Ukraine Connect is a simple matching service - designed to help match hosts across Europe with guests from Ukraine who are looking for accommodation.
How can I be a good host?
What a great question! There are a growing number of resources out there. Do check out:
UK Government Homes for Ukraine Scheme
The Sanctuary Foundation - started in response to the Ukraine invasion
ResetUK - lots of experience gained helping people from conflicts in Syria etc
A growing number of local groups are springing up through local councils and through community interest groups on social media. Joining one of these groups might be a great way to share best practice and to learn from others.
What about safeguarding and vetting?
Once hosts and guests are matched, the guidance and regulations of the relevant governments will need to be followed, e.g. via the UK Government Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
There is robust provision within this scheme for safeguarding and vetting, both for the host and the guest(s). All accommodation in the UK will be inspected by your local Council and all hosts must have a DBS check. When children are being hosted, UK hosts will need an advanced DBS check.
For information on the safeguarding provision in the UK's Homes for Ukraine scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-scheme-frequently-asked-questions,
an excerpt from which is copied here:
In addition to checks prior to visas being issued, all households receiving guests from Ukraine will receive checks by your local council on the property and household. All households will be visited to ensure the accommodation is fit for purpose and suitable to receive guests.
If the accommodation is self-contained or only adults without specific vulnerabilities (see below) are coming into the property then Basic DBS checks are undertaken on all adult members in the sponsor household.
If children under the age of 18 are going to be accommodated in the household, then an Enhanced DBS check (including a check of the children’s barred list) will be undertaken on all people in the sponsor’s household over 16.
Local Authorities will follow existing guidance for regulated activity with vulnerable adults. Where the local authority officials know that there is an adult guest arriving in the household, who is vulnerable (due to illness, disability or age) and has particular needs for which the sponsor is to provide support, a request for an Enhanced DBS check with check of the Adults’ Barred List can be made.
What about my data?
Any information you provide will be used solely for the purpose for which you give it - matching potential hosts with guests from Ukraine. Ukraine Connect will not contact you regarding any other matters, nor will your data be shared with third parties.