Our Independent Visiting Service believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability, or behaviour. Our purpose is to help transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Our aim is to support them and bring out the best in them. We do this because we believe that every young person deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.
Independent Visitors (IVs) provide a long-term supportive relationship to those living in foster or residential care and whose Social Worker feels they would benefit from having an independent visitor as local authorities have a duty to offer and provide an IV where appropriate.
IVs can be the most consistent person in the lives of some young people in care and this can be of tremendous benefit to them. IVs are fully trained volunteers who are willing to commit (long term) to a young person and who are carefully chosen and matched with and by a young person. Through the match process, the IV will get to know them, take them out on monthly activities and provide a listening ear if they seek advice or require support during their time together. IVs are also independent of statutory bodies and social services.
Key activities: Monthly outings or activities are planned at mutually convenient times – these can be a walk, cinema, cycling, bowling, a meal, a visit to a museum, a variety of safe community activities. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for meaningful interaction between the young person and their volunteer; someone who can be a great role model, safe to talk to and build a professional friendship with.
Attitude/skills/knowledge required: - Volunteers must be aged over 18, with no formal qualifications, they do need to be genuine, trustworthy, caring and active. Be reliable and committed to the service long term, have an interest in the welfare of children and young people with good listening and communication skills.
Long term commitment: - IV matches generally last for a number of years, and therefore this role will require a long–term and significant on-going commitment.
All volunteers will also be required to show a commitment to all aspects of the service, our confidentiality policies and procedures and our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policies.
Training, support and commitment: - Following successful interview, references and enhanced DBS checks are completed, we provide all volunteers with the training relevant for the role; training includes Safeguarding, Professional Boundaries, Equality & Diversity, Confidentiality, GDPR and Health & Safety and service specific training.
Supervision - Support is provided through and on-going supervision with the IV Coordinator is a key requirement of this role.
Recruitment/Training process: -
Each successful applicant will be invited to interview
References taken up and clearance required at Enhanced DBS level
Invitation to training will be offered for successful applicants.
Training includes - e-learning modules followed by 2-day classroom training.
Final assessment as to suitability as an IV will be the final stage of the process to become a successful IV.
- Not suitable for under 18's
- Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
- Will require references
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity has no specific location.
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