Having an IV

What is an Independent Visitor?

Independent Visitors (IVs) are adults who give up their spare time to visit and befriend young people who are in care. IV’s are completely separate from Children’s Services - that’s why they’re called independent.

The IV doesn’t replace your carer or Social Worker, but is an extra person who is there just for you. They visit you because they want to and hopefully will get on with you.

IV’s can support you and help you make the most out of life. If you wanted to, with your IV you can do activities or learn new things such as:

  • Going to the cinema
  • Coffee and chat
  • Attend your review with you
  • Develop your skills and interests
  • Do things you’ve never done before
  • Help you get your views across
  • Help find out information
  • Prepare for meetings involving decisions about the future
  • HAVE FUN!!

Do I have a say in what happens?

YES! Its important that you have a say at every stage when the idea of an IV is first mentioned. We’ll ask you if you want one, what sort of person you think you’ll get on with and what you’d like to do.

If you think you'd like to have an IV, speak to your social worker or call Alison Cammiss on 01904 552444.