Volunteer Independent Visitor

West Sussex County Council - Independent Visitor Scheme

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The Independent Visitor Scheme is for children looked after by West Sussex County Council and who are aged between 8 and 17 years old.  Independent visitors are volunteers who visit and befriend a child in care. Independent visitors are matched with children who have little or no contact with their birth families, or where it is considered in their best interests for them to have an adult outside the professional network, to provide a consistent, positive and supportive relationship.  Independent visitors befriend and advise the individual child they are matched with, visiting them at their foster or children's home on a regular basis and taking them out e.g swimming, walks in the park and bowling. Visits are normally monthly.


  • patience
  • good listener
  • non-judgemental
  • fun loving
  • consistent, reliable and trustworthy
  • relate to children and young people.


Fun, new experiences, interest in children and young people.

Practical Considerations

  • Visits to be arranged with children evenings, days and weekends.
  • Preference for those that drive.
  • Good energy to keep up with the young people.
  • Complete monthly electronic paperwork and regular supervision.

When do I need to be available?

Details Independent visitors are required to meet with a young person once a month for a minimum of 2 years at times to suit the volunteer and child/young person
Morning Afternoon Evening

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    minimum age 21 years
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training