Barnardo’s and the National Independent Visitor Development Project have published a report on independent support for children in care in England.

Findings from Freedom of Information responses from 149 local authorities include:

  • 3.2% of the total looked after children population in England are currently matched with an independent visitor (IV)
  • over 1000 children are on a waiting list for an IV
  • 8 Local Authorities in England responded that they do not have an IV service. Government, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations are asked to consider signing up to a newly published set of quality standards.


Further information:  The national independent visitor data report (PDF)

National Standards for the provision of independent visitor services (PDF)


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