Independent Visitor to young people in care and care leavers

Children and young people in care can often lack a consistent relationship with an adult and miss out on the experiences and opportunities this can offer.

Essex County Council (ECC) are looking for volunteers who are willing to visit a young person, that they will be matched with, to spend time together, listen to the young person and be a positive adult in their life.

ECC have a number of older children who are transitioning from being in care to leaving care. ECC are looking for volunteers to support them in this sometimes difficult process, meeting with the young person once or twice a month for a chat and providing a positive role model.

ECC also have a number of children who are asylum seekers and children who have disabilities, all of which would also benefit from the Independent Visitor service. They are particularly interested in finding volunteers to support these young people and would welcome volunteers from a wide range of ethnic communities.

ECC ask that you are able to commit for two years, thereby providing the young person with long-term consistency. Before you can become an Independent Visitor ECC undertake references and checks, including a criminal records check (DBS).

Once approved, you will take part in a two-day training programme and will be provided with on-going support and supervision.


  • Good listening skills- 2 year commitment
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Non-Judgemental
  • Reliable


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 26/09/2017

End Date: 19/09/2019

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Availability Details



This opportunity is available Countywide.

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