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About Us

Edinburgh Guardian Angels is a family run business set up by Agnes Masters, who grew up in East Lothian before studying French & German at Edinburgh University, and subsequently Social Work and Management. Following a brief spell as a Police officer, Agnes has over 23 years experience in social work and child care including teaching, training child care & child protection, and still undertakes occasional work for the police in the equality / diversity training unit.

As Edinburgh Guardian Angels provide a 24 hour service, 7 days a week to support your child, Agnes is aided by her husband, Louis, who works as a Sales Manager for a local motor dealership. Agnes and Louis have been married since 1988 and have many years experience of guardianship, starting the business in 2004. Since then, they have looked after children from Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and Korea. Agnes is fluent in both French and German, is currently learning Spanish, and has access to a Spanish interpreter.

Given the background in Social Care, Child Care and Guardianship, the provision of good reliable pastoral care is a particular strength within Agnesí business. The company has hosted families residing throughout Scotland, particularly in the Perthshire, Edinburgh, Fife (including St. Andrews), East Lothian and Berwick areas.


Get To Know Us

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Agnes

Hi I'm Agnes, Founder and proud owner of Edinburgh Guardian Angels.

I have lived, and worked, in France (where I taught English as a second language), Germany & Greece.  I am fluent in French and German and have conversational Spanish.

I work as a volunteer with NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) as School Liaison Officer, teaching primary children to protect themselves from abuse.

My husband, Louis, and I act as Host Family for any students who find themselves in an emergency situation, or for those who request to stay with us.

I have studied:

  • French & German at Edinburgh University
  • Social Work at Stevenson College & Edinburgh University
  • Management at Herriot Watt University

My employment background is:

  • Senior Manager in Social Work
  • College Lecturer & Teacher of Social Care, Child Care & Child Protection
  • Mental Health Officer (also known as an approved Social Worker in England)
  • Urban Aid Project in Edinburgh which involved developing multi-cultural education and teaching English as a second language
  • Working with people of all ages (including teenagers) with Mental Health issues
 

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Nicky

I work closely with Agnes as Assistant Child Protection Officer for Edinburgh Guardian Angels.

I am one of the host families and an experienced Foster Carer, qualified in emergency care, respite care, short-term care and long-term care fostering.

I am trained in Therapeutic Intervention Crises, First Aid and Child Sexual Exploitation Training, with Carevisions.

I provide 24-hour care, 7 days per week, offering a warm, safe and stable family home for children and young people.  I work alongside social workers, schools and children’s panels to ensure the care your child receives is of a very high standard.

I am a personal trainer, 2 days per week and enjoy keeping fit.  I love to cook, walk our family dog, Tig, spending time with my family, looking after my elderly mother.  Family time is really important to me.

 

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Julie

My 25 year career in Guidance and Pastoral Care in state secondary schools has given me great experience of providing support to students.

I combine my current role as Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care with carrying out host family recruitment for Edinburgh Guardian Angels.

I teach Personal & Social Education and provide one-to-one support, as necessary, to my caseload of 220 pupils (ranging from 11-18 years old).  

 

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Hazel

Hi, I'm Hazel and I'm the Accounts Manager for Edinburgh Guardian Angels.

I'm mum to 2 boys.  My hobbies and interests are fitness classes, running and swimming.  I have 2 dogs and in my spare time, I enjoy going out walking with them.

Qualifications I have obtained include

  • Food hygiene
  • First aid
  • Child protection
  • Raising children with confidence
 

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Lorraine

Hi I'm Lorraine!  I am one of the Assistant Child Protection Officers and a highly experienced host, I have worked here for over 13 years.

I have a daughter, Rhona, who now attends university.  Rhona and I have enjoyed looking after students from all different cultures for many years.  I am so proud to say that many of our former students continue to keep in regular contact with both myself and my daughter.  We love hearing from them.

Both myself and my daughter enjoy the outdoors life!  We enjoy camping, walking and travelling with our horses to various events where we enjoy competing with our horses.  Some of our students also enjoy travelling and horse riding with us in Midlothian and around the Scottish Borders.  The option is always there for our students.

I am registered with the Care Inspectorate.
 

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Karen

I am one of the Assistant Child Protection Officers here at Edinburgh Guardian Angels and I have been a host family for over 3 years.  I have a keen interest and extensive skills in mental health issues.

I have 5 children aged between 8 years old and 30 years old and, I also have 3 grandchildren.  I have extensive experience working with children with autism, aspergers, dyslexia and other forms of learning disabilities.  I've worked as a senior carer in care homes and have worked in Social Work all my working life.

My hobbies are completing jigsaws, walking and grooming my dog and cycling.

Qualifications I have obtained include

  • Food Hygiene
  • Health & Safety
  • Mental Health
 

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Issie

I'm the administrator for Edinburgh Guardian Angels.  I provide administration to the Guardians and support EGA as a whole (including children, their parents, host families).

I love travelling and visiting new places in Scotland and around Europe.  I also love socialising with my family and friends.

 
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