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Independent Visitor Service

Independent Visitor Service

What is an Independent Visitor? 

Are you aged between five and 18 and like going to the cinema, bowling or doing other activities like cycling or shopping?

If so, an Independent Visitor may be for you. An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who will take you out about once a month to do things you enjoy. They are not social workers or foster carers, but volunteers who want to support young people like you and help you have fun.
A few of the fun activities you could do together include:
  • a trip to the seaside
  • a picnic in the park
  • going to the cinema
  • shopping
  • cycling
  • bowling
  • playing tennis, snooker or golf
  • going for a meal at a restaurant
  • birthday trips to the aquarium, zoo, fun park or theatre


The Independent Visitor will also be there for you to talk too and to help you at your reviews.

To have an Independent Visitor you must be in care and have little or no contact with your birth mum and dad.
You should be offered the chance to have an Independent Visitor, if you'd like one.
To learn more, take a look at our leaflet or contact your social worker or carer.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Independent Visitor, or are care professional who works with a child who could benefit from the service, please see our page on becoming an Independent Visitor.