NIVN works to strengthen the consistency and quality of care-experienced children and young people’s experience of an Independent Visitor; a trusted and stable befriender who builds a safe and caring relationship with a child or young person, over time.

Our network members of inhouse and externally commissioned Independent Visitor providers across England and Wales, collaborate to share and build good practice.  Together, they have worked with the NIVN Project Team to create a set of principles to strengthen and quality assure Independent Visitor induction training.     

The Training Principles and accompanying Self Assessment Tool have been produced to help local authorities and third sectors providers review, develop and strengthen the quality of their Independent Visitor induction training programme.  We recommend that these documents are read alongside the National Standards for the Provision of Independent Visitor Services. We will review these documents periodically and are keen to receive feedback on your experience of applying them to commission, develop and deliver your Independent Visitor service, to help achieve the best outcomes possible for care-experienced children and young people.

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