All local authorities have a statutory duty to provide looked after children with the option of having an Independent Visitor (IV). The role of an IV is to become a positive adult role model to the child, someone who is not affiliated with the care profession. Often these looked after children tend to view their IVs as friends and sources of emotional support, encouragement and practical advice, offering a consistent adult presence in their life, demonstrating their significance. The Hounslow Allies Project recruits, trains and supports adults from the local community to become allies (Independent Visitors) to children and young people looked after by the London Borough of Hounslow.
The main aim of the project is to support and develop one-to-one relationships between allies and young people in care based on trust and mutual respect. An ally strives to be a positive adult role model whilst relating to the young person in an appropriate way, given his/her age, level of understanding, and past experiences.
All potential volunteers are required to fill in an application and enhanced DBS form and provide two references. The recruitment process continues with an interview, two full days of training and a post training interview.
If you would like more information about Independent Visitors/Allies then please contact us;