Independent Visitor scheme for looked after children
under the exisitng legislation any young person in care has a right to ask for an Independent Visitor.
The 1989 Children's Act says councils must appoint volunteers to "visit, befriend and advise" children in care if it is in their best interests and if they want one.
An Independent Visitor is a trained volunteer who does not work for social services and is independent of all the professionals working with a child who is looked after.
The main role of the Independent Visitor is to form a trusting and supportive relationship with the child or the young person.
Agencies providing Independent Visitors work very hard to match you with soemone who has similar interests to you.
Help from the Independent Visitor can include:
- Regular visits
- Advice and support
- Fun activities
- Having someone to talk to about any concerns
If you would like to find out more about how an Independent Visitor can help you , talk to your social worker or your IRO.