Independent Visitor

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who gives some of their time each month to support and befriend a child or young person in care who has little or no contact with their birth family or where it is considered to be in the child's best interests.  As an Independent Visitor you will meet with a child or young person once a month to go out for social visits, share hobbies and interests and try new activities.  You will befriend, mentor and provide continuity in the life of a child in care and above all, have fun together!  We ask our Independent Visitors to commit to visiting the young person for a minimum of two years to provide consistency and create a positive friendship and be able to support the young person in their social, emotional and educational development by offering support and advice.

We accept volunteers over the age of 21.  The role is subject to references and DBS checks.  Full training is provided as well as ongoing support from the Independent Visitor Coordinator.

Reasonable expenses and Mileage for visits is reimbursed.

For more information on the role please contact the Independent Visitor Coordinator on 01223 729074 or email


Satisfactory clearance of a Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure

Good measure of life skills

An understanding of children and young people in our society or a willingness to learn

Good communication particularly with children and young people

Ability to promote the safety and welfare of children and young people

Ability to recognise and understand the values and behaviours of children and young people

Sensitivity to the needs and wishes of the child (or young person)

A commitment to children's rights and welfare

Non-judgemental approach

Reliability and punctuality

Sense of humour

A good level of physical and emotional health, so that you are able to meet the needs of the child appropriately

Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people's behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs

No formal qualifications required

Record Keeping

Education or training in child related areas desirable


  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    £40 per visit and Mileage - Volunteers are expected to pay this and once a claim form has been received this is reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Named Contact within the service is the Independent Visitor Coordinator. Volunteers are able to contact IVC at any time and access quarterly support groups and 1:1 supervision as required. Outside of office hours contact can be made with the emergency duty team
  • Suitable for under 18s
    Minimum age for volunteers is 21 years old
  • Training provided
    Volunteers are expected to take part in a 2 day training session which covers the role, responsibilities, maintaining boundaries, children in care, confidentiality, safeguarding and child protection. Further training and support will be provided as required and during support groups
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 26/06/2019

End Date: 26/06/2022

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Availability Details

Volunteers are required to undertake one visit per month at a time agreed between them, the young person and foster carers. Visits usually take place out of school hours, mainly weekends but this could also be weekday evenings


This opportunity is available in: Epping, Thurrock

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