NIVN is proud to share a campaign video, ‘Independent Visitors – Our Legal Right’, as part of our ongoing Right Friend Campaign.  This video was produced by a group of eighteen care-experienced young people who have an Independent Visitor and wish to raise awareness of this unique relationship.   These young people worked alongside cartoonist James Parsons, from Comic Club and Silverbox Films, to showcase their creative talent and produce a compelling campaign film that draws on their own experience of having an Independent Visitor.

Independent Visitors – Our Legal Right’ aims to raise the profile of the Independent Visitor role, support professionals to understand the value of it and open access to all children and young people looked after in England and Wales who wish to have an Independent Visitor but don’t yet have one.

We recommend this resource is utilised by professionals in support of the Right Friend Campaign to further knowledge and awareness of this vital statutory provision.

Check out all the young people’s artwork, inspired by their experience with their Independent Visitor. Not all their work was featured in the animation however we want to share their amazing work and talents.

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