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Independent Visitors

A brilliant befriending scheme for young people in care.

Independent Visitors give friendship and fun to young people between the ages of 8 and 17 years old who are looked after by the local authority and who will not be returning home.

They are volunteers from our local community who enjoy spending time with young people. They are there to support, listen and advise you, but most importantly to have fun - they are there just for you!

We match someone with you who we think you’ll get on well with. They will visit you once a month, building a friendship and doing things with you which you enjoy. This might include:

  • going for a bike ride
  • having a chat over a hot chocolate
  • watching a film together
  • visiting a museum
  • doing sports together, like football, swimming or basketball
  • doing crafts together.

Most visits take place at weekends or in school holidays when you are free.

How to get an Independent Visitor

If you are a child we care for, aged between 8-17 years old and would like to have an Independent Visitor, talk to your social worker, carer or Conference Reviewing Officer (CRO) and ask them to make a referral (see below). Alternatively, you can contact us by email for more information.

We will try and match you as soon as possible, but you may need to go on a waiting list.

Refer a child or young person for an Independent Visitor

This needs to be authorised by their social worker.

Referral for WSCC Professionals (external link) Referral for Non-WSCC Professionals (external link)

Further information

Find out more about Independent Visitors.

What young people say about their Independent Visitor

“We’ve got a good connection, a lot of similarities and interests. We enjoy a lot of the same things. He’s like having a more mature friend and a chance to go out and do things.”
“Someone I can talk to if I'm down. She's funny - she has a good sense of humour and makes me laugh even if I'm down. She's kind and caring, I hope we're friends forever.”
“My Independent Visitor is someone I can talk to and is not involved with anyone else and I think that is nice to have someone who is dedicated to me and spends time with me.”
“She's been the one person that's always been there for me. I’ve had loads of social workers, placement changes and school changes... but always her.”
Last updated:
17 May 2024
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