Key Responsibilities: Meet your young person monthly, engaging in fun activity of choice; provide continuity and stability to a vulnerable young person; submit contact sheet to project manager raising any concerns appropriately.
Children/young people living in care may be placed miles from home with little or no contact with their birth family. They may experience feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. Meeting with their child/young person monthly, the independent visitor provides the opportunity for the child to spend quality time with a person independent of all other services. Gradually a trusting companionship develops as the volunteer becomes a positive role model, offering stability and continuity in what can sometimes be a very unstable lifestyle, ultimately leading to improved self-esteem for the child/young person.
The role of an independent visitor was created by The Children Act 1989 –recognising that all children benefit from stability and to have time with positive role models – sadly, with limited funding, only around 3% of looked after children have an independent visitor; the social workers charged with their care have to decide whether it is in their best interests to have one and they make that decision based on the distance from home and contact with family amongst other things.
This is an opportunity to spend quality time with a looked after young person. We train and carefully match our volunteers with children/young people with similar interests. Full on-going support and supervision is provided by staff, and volunteers have regular opportunities to meet with other independent visitors to share experiences and ideas. We seek volunteers from all around Derby City, Derbyshire, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas.
Change Grow Live are committed to creating an inclusive environment, which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish. We recruit the very best staff from a wide range of backgrounds, ensuring service users benefit from our diverse skills and expertise. We always work to the principles of fairness and equality of opportunity in all our recruitment processes.
We also expect an assertive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults, and applicants to these posts will need to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice.