Please note that we are not currently recruiting any new Independent Visitor Volunteers.
This is a statutory service for children who are ‘looked after’ and who would benefit from having an independent adult in their life.
It is provided by volunteers who want to befriend and support a young person on a long-term basis. We offer this service in order to give young people the chance to spend time and build a relationship with an adult, who is not involved in their lives as a professional or carer.
This scheme is voluntary for the young people, which means that they can choose to have an Independent Visitor at any time between the ages of 8-18 years.
We are not currently recruiting any new Independent Visitor Volunteers. If you would just like to learn more about the current scheme, please look at the frequently asked questions box below, or contact us via e-mail or telephone.
If you are a looked after young person and would like to know more about the Scheme, please contact us. If you decide that you would like an Independent Visitor, please complete a referral form. Your social worker will also be able to help you.
Carers and Professionals
If you know a looked after young person who meets the criteria for a befriender, please contact us to discuss further. Priority will be given to young people who:
have no or only infrequent contact with their birth family
live outside of the Southampton area
are unable to go out independently
live in a residential unit