National Youth Advocacy Services (NYAS) – Independent Visitor

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The Abacus Centre,
Rowhleys Place
West Drayton,


Details of the Organisation:

NYAS is a UK charity providing socio-legal services. We offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales.

NYAS provides volunteer Independent Visitors for children in care across England and Wales, helping them to benefit from a positive role model.

Details of the Opportunity:

To be a friend to a child or young person in care where it is thought to be in their best interests. To provide opportunities for children and young people to develop meaningful, long term relationships with adults. To work in partnership with the local authorities while maintaining the independence necessary to this role.

  •        To befriend and provide a stable, positive and continuous friendship with the child or young person you are matched with.
  •        To visit the child or young person on a regular and reliable basis.
  •        To value and respect the wishes and feelings of the child or young person and where necessary represent their wishes and interests to other significant persons.
  •        To undertake activities agreed with the child or young person which are suitable to his/her age, aptitude, and ability.
  •       To keep and submit brief records on a monthly basis about your contact/visits with the child or young person you are matched with, along with any expenses incurred.
  •      To participate in training, and individual and group support meetings where necessary.
  •      To maintain confidentiality at all times and to ensure observance of and adherence to NYAS Confidentiality and Safeguarding policies and relevant local authority procedures.
  •     To promote the child or young persons developmental, social, emotional, educational, cultural and religious needs.
  •     Ideally/ preferably to provide a commitment for at least 2 years.

  Skills Required from Volunteer

  • Good communication particularly with children and young people
  • Ability to promote the safety and welfare of children and young people
  • Ability to recognise and understand the values and behaviours of children and young people
  • Ability to receive and accept support and guidance
  • Ability to understand the circumstances of children looked after (in care) and children   ‘in need’

Benefits to Volunteer

– Free training.
– Up to 4 volunteer support groups a year.
– At least two training sessions a year. DBS (CRB) check.
– All volunteering hours will be recorded onto your university profile and contribute to your Brunel Volunteers award and HEAR

Interested? Apply below:

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