Independent visitors

What is an independent visitor?

An adult who comes to visit you or takes you out once per month.

Who are independent visitors?

They are not social workers or foster carers but volunteers. Someone who will listen to you and advise you.

What would I do when I saw my independent visitor?

You both decide what you would like to do, for example going for a pizza, the cinema or a walk in the park.

How can I get an independent visitor?

You can get an independent visitor if you are looked after and if you don't have much contact with your family. Your Social Worker or your Independent Review Officer can tell you more and put you in touch with the Independent Visitor Coordinator.

Can an independent visitor come to my review?

Independent visitors can go to any meeting if you invite them.

Will my independent visitor tell people about the things we have discussed?

No, they only have to tell someone if they are worried about you or another person.

To contact the independent visitor coordinator:


Write to:

Independent Visitors
Fairmount House
Bull Hill
KT22 7AH

  • Updated: 02 Oct 2014