Independent Visitors (IV)

To be an Independent Visitor (IV) is to be a trusted adult to a child or young person in care, where it is thought that this will be in their best interests to provide opportunities for children and young people to develop meaningful, long term relationships with adults.

The IV 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 IV in their life. This scheme is voluntary for the young person, which means that they can choose to have an IV at any time from age 8 years old. Up until they turn 21.

IV’s need to be consistent and reliable, so that children can build a trusting, positive relationship with them over time. The child will have the opportunity to try new activities and spend time with their IV away from their placement.

The IV will endeavor to become and remain a consistent adult in the child’s life, who does not change when placements or social workers do.

IVs begin by supporting the young person fortnightly for the first 3 months, and then continue on a monthly basis. IVs can meet with young people Monday – Sunday between 9am and 8pm.

* Please note that there may be a delay in contacting potential volunteers of up to 3 weeks. Please do get in touch if you have not heard anything from us after that time.


As a volunteer I will:

  • Attend training sessions.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to agree a match with a child/young person.
  • Attend an initial meeting with the child/ young person to agree the ongoing support.
  • Meet with the child/young person and deliver the ongoing support agreed.
  • To keep and submit brief records about your contact/visits with the child/young person you are matched with.
  • Endeavor to provide support for a minimum of a year.
  • Attend regular supervision/support session.

As an organisation we will:

  • Offer training relevant to the role.
  • Provide you with ongoing, high quality and timely support.
  • Pay mileage expenses at 45p per mile plus any additional expenses that may be incurred (mileage expenses can only be paid on evidence of business insurance and a valid MOT).

*Please ensure you note your location when registering your interest*


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    All volunteering expenses including mileage and parking will be paid. The volunteer will also be able to access a £25 budget per session. This is to be used by the volunteer and the child/young person to enhance the visit. Mileage will be paid on the condition that volunteer holds 'business use' insurance.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Volunteers will receive full training consisting of 2 days of initial training that all volunteers are expected to attend and a further days training in relation to mentoring a child/young person. Volunteers will be supported during their time with Hampshire County Council by one of Hampshire’s locally based volunteer coordinators. This support can include peer supervisions, 1-2-1 supervisions or phone and email conversations.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description
    Role profile will be provided once interest has been expressed.

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


This opportunity is available Countywide.

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