Befriending

YLF Independent Visitors Service

Our trained volunteers visit, advise and befriend young people in care and take a long-term interest in their well-being and development. In doing this, they act as independent visitors for the young people, a role defined in the Children Act 1989.

Young people may experience multiple changes of placement, carer and social worker during their time in care. Often our volunteer independent visitors are the only consistent adult in the young people’s lives. Our independent visitors:

  • Are committed to a minimum period of two years
  • Are carefully matched with young people with similar interests
  • Meet with their young person twice a month
  • Share in a wide range of activities and outings
  • Take time to give advice, assist with problems and empower their young person to problem solve
  • Are able to attend professional meetings at the young person’s request

“The best thing about having an IV is not only do we do things I like to do, but I’m learning new things that I hadn’t thought would be interesting – like photography.” Abbi | young person

“We do so much together – she’s become a good friend and someone I can rely on. She encourages me and I can talk about things that are worrying me.” Jo | young person

“YLF is offering an excellent service which is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs to the young people it supports.” NCVO APS Mentoring & Befriending Assessor | 2017

Find out how you could become an independent visitor