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Leeds Independent Visitors scheme

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“She made me forget I was in care”


An Independent Visitor (IV) is a volunteer who befriends and visits a child or young person living in the care of the local authority. The service is also provided to those who have left care up to the age of 21.

Independent Visitors are hugely valued by the young people as they are often the only person involved in their lives that are not paid to be there. In Leeds we currently have 63 children and young people awaiting an Independent Visitor.


What does an Independent Visitor do?


An Independent Visitor will visit the child or young person on a monthly basis; with the aim of establishing a consistent, positive adult-child relationship. This one to one relationship can involve anything from football in the park, seeing the latest films, or new things that the young person and Independent Visitor want to do! An activity budget and travel expenses are provided each month.


What experience or qualifications do I need?


Experience of working with children and young people is not necessary as full training and support is provided at the beginning and throughout your involvement with the service. Applications are welcome from anyone over the age of 18 who has a genuine interest in the development and welfare of children.


Want more Information or interested in applying?


If you can spare a few hours a month and would like more information about the scheme please get in touch with us by emailing independent.visitors@leeds.gov.uk (please include a contact telephone number). Alternatively you can call us on 0113 378 0016. Office hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4pm on Fridays. Further details can also be found within our leaflet (PDF 559KB).

The scheme operates under Safer Recruitment Practices and all volunteers will be expected to undergo an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB).​​

For more information about volunteering opportunities in Leeds please visit our Volunteering Centre website. Further information about safeguarding children and young people is available on the Leeds Safeguarding Children website.

Our quarterly newsletters, containing information on news, events and developments are available from the Documents section of this page.

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