Independent Visitor for Children in Care

The Independent Visitor Volunteer Scheme is a statutory service for children who are ‘looked after’ by the local authority. It is for those children who would benefit from having an independent adult in their life. This scheme is voluntary for the young person, which means that they can choose to have an Independent Visitor at any time from age 8 years, up until they turn 18. 

The scheme is provided by volunteers who want to befriend and support a young person on a long-term basis. The offer is made to give young people the chance to spend time and build a relationship with an adult, who is not involved in their lives as a professional or carer and that can see them throughout their time in care. The IV volunteer will form part of a package of interventions to help young people whilst in care, supported and supervised by a Hampshire County Council volunteer coordinator.

The Volunteer will:

• Work with the volunteer coordinator to agree a match to families.

• Attend an introduction meeting with the family and the families allocated Children’s Services worker.

• Engage with the family.

• Discuss and agree information sharing with the parent/carers.

• Record and share information as agreed.

• May work with more than one family at a time (depending upon the time they are able to offer)

• Be prepared to travel outside of their local area & district if needed


Volunteers will need to be able to commit to 1 visit a month (four hours a month) for a minimum of 12 months.

Skills

Training and support will be provided therefore previous experience is not essential.

We are seeking volunteers who feel able to:

➢ Communicate and ensure people, with varied levels of ability, understand information.

➢ Build and maintain positive, on-going relationships with parents/carers.

➢ Listen and remain calm and impartial when dealing with families.

➢ Deliver parenting advice and support and constructively challenge behaviours where appropriate.

➢ Record information.

➢ Respect differing views of individuals and work in a non-judgemental way.

➢ Respect confidentiality and the agreed information sharing process.

➢ Have the confidence to report concerns to their Volunteer Coordinator.

➢ Be able to describe their role and maintain professional boundaries.


Details

  • Age restrictions
    Over 18's only
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    All volunteering expenses including mileage and parking will be paid. To claim mileage, Volunteers are required to hold business use insurance, providing evidence of this and their MOT certificate to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

The amount of support each child/young person requires will vary depending upon their needs. Volunteers will need to be able to commit to 1 visit a month (four hours a month) for a minimum of 12 months.


Regions

This opportunity is available in the following areas:

Basingstoke


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