London Borough of Croydon

To apply, please email iv@croydon.gov.uk

On receiving a satisfactory application form, you will be asked to come for an initial interview at our office at Bernard Weatherill House, central Croydon.

Following this interview, if we consider that you may be suitable for the independent visitor role, we send off for references and carry out background checks including a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. This check has replaced the CRB check. As part of the process we also ask that you complete an occupational health check which may be sent to your GP.

If your references are satisfactory, you will be asked to attend five assessed IV training sessions. Once you complete the training to a satisfactory level, the final part of the recruitment process is a panel interview with staff from children's services. If the panel approves your application to become an independent visitor, we will endeavour to match you with a young person.

The minimum time commitment for this volunteer role is eighteen months after you are matched with a young person. However, we encourage that the relationship continues beyond this time, as long term commitment makes an enormous difference in the lives of young people in care.

Training sessions are held in Bernard Weatherill House, Fell Road between 6pm and 8.30pm. Parking is limited in and around the town centre so allow plenty of time to find a suitable parking place.

Sessions will cover:

  • loss, trauma and attachment theory
  • the asylum process
  • safeguarding
  • working with young people in care
  • listening and participating skills
  • the role, rights and responsibilities of the independent visitor

This training is designed to prepare you for your role as an independent visitor. You will need to attend all the training sessions and to complete written work which forms part of our evaluation process. You will also be asked to complete an evaluation form after each session which helps us improve the training course in the future.

Next training dates January/February 2018:

  • Session 1 Tuesday 30 January 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm
  • Session 2 Tuesday 6 February 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm
  • Session 3  Tuesday 13 February 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm
  • Session 4 Tuesday 20 February 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm
  • Session 5 Tuesday 27 February 2018 6.00 - 8.30pm

All training is held at Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk. Croydon (please use the entrance in Fell Road).

Contacts

Edward Whatley

Department: 
Children's quality assurance and safeguarding service
Job Title: 
Independent visitor volunteer co-ordinator
Telephone: 
020 8726 6000 ext 88777
Address Line:

4th Floor, Zone F

Bernard Weatherill House,

8 Mint Walk

Croydon, CR0 1EA