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Job Title: Independent Visitor
Salary: Volunteer
Location: Bromley, Kent, London, Essex and Sussex
Application Deadline: N/A

Description:

Hours: Minimum 2 hours once a month
Commitment: Minimum 12 months

Expenses: Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and an amount of £25 per visit (maximum) will be available to cover activities, food and any other expenses.

Purpose
To befriend a child or young person in care and provide a stable long term relationship for a child looked after.  The relationship will enable a child or young person who is ‘looked after’ by the local authority, to have contact with someone who is independent of Children Social Care.

Tasks

·         To visit a child/young person on a regular basis, as agreed by the young person and their Foster carers/Keyworkers, but at least once a month for a minimum of 2 hours

·         To contribute towards the child/young person’s social, emotional and educational development. The outcomes of this will be supporting the child/young person’s care plan.

·         To promote their wellbeing by providing advice and support

·         To support a young person in expressing their views and wishes. This may require you to attend professional meetings if the child wishes.

·         To befriend and take an interest in the child/young person ensuring, at all times, their personal safety and welfare.

·         To be aware of and seek to promote/respect any specific or cultural needs the young person may have (i.e. relating to their ethnicity, religion, language, disability or other specific areas.

·         To keep in contact with the Project Coordinator, Carers and Social Workers as necessary.

·         To respect confidentiality except where the child may be at risk of significant harm.

Training and Support

·         To attend induction and two day training for Independent Visitors.

·         To attend group support and supervision meetings offered by Asphaleia.  This may be over the phone or face to face supervision with the Project Coordinator.

Reporting

·         To record the visits which is to be kept by the Independent Visitor, which should be kept securely and given to the Project Co-ordinator to place in the child’s file.

·         To report any concerns immediately to the project coordinator, Carers (if appropriate) and Social Workers and follow safeguarding protocols.

Commitment

·         Visits to be agreed with the young person and their carers/key workers and will vary in length depending on activities/outings undertaken. (Minimum 2 hours monthly).

·         Visitors must commit to a minimum of 12 months.

Experience and Skills Required 

 

Essential

Desirable

Skills

Good communication and listening skills essential to empathise with child or young person in care. 

The ability to engage with other professionals in the child’s life i.e. social workers, key workers. 

To remain impartial and independent to best focus on child’s needs when supporting them at a professional meeting. 

The willingness to advocate on behalf of a child or young person in care.
 

 

Knowledge

Good understanding of the issues that can arise for a child or young person. 

Understands the importance of sharing information and consulting with others.

Knowledge of difficulties and issues faced by young people in care.

 

 

Experience

Experience of working, supporting, leading activities or engaging with children and young people. 

The ability to empower a young person to gain independence skills. 

Interests/ hobbies or leisure pursuits that will support you to engage with a child or young person. 
 

Youth work

Mentoring

Equality

Committed to equality and a willingness to challenge discrimination.
 

 

Qualifications

No formal qualifications.
 

 

Commitment

To be committed to volunteering for a minimum of 12 months. 

To be reliable and flexible and willing to attend regular supervision and peer support meetings.

 

 

                                      

Applications will be sent upon request.

please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk                

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