Independent Visitor Coordinator

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JAN20220590

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£15,288 - £17,746 Per Annum

Closing date

26 January 2022

Independent Visitor Coordinator

Band: 7, Salary: £25,481 – £29,577 p.a (£15,288 – £17,746 pa, pro rata for 22.2 hours per week)

22.2 hours per week (0.6 FTE)

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures. In Portsmouth we recognise and believe that social work matters and so we continue to invest in our front line staff and services to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable families.

 Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

As the Independent Visitor Coordinator you will be responsible for the recruitment, training, support, and allocation of matches of looked after children, to suitable Independent Visitors. You will manage a budget to fund suitable activities that IVs participate in to engage young people. You will manage the accurate data and reporting for this statutory service so that the service leads and other senior managers can understand the activity in the service.

Using a restorative approach you will be expected to build strong relationships with young people, the social workers and the IVs. You will support the IVs to develop long term meaningful relationship so that children have a ‘trusted adult’ they can turn to.

You will work in partnership with other parts of the service and external agencies and professionals to ensure that there are routes developed to attract and retain IVs in the area and sometimes beyond if children live at a distance from PCC.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will need a nationally recognised qualification such as NVQ level 4 or other higher level of qualification, Diploma or Degree in social work.  As well as an understanding or experience of using a restorative approach, you will have an excellent understanding or experience of working with young people who are looked after by the state and how their experiences have impacted on their behaviour and emotional needs. This will include an understanding of the processes around looked after children of care planning and review so that you understand each child’s journey and lived experience to make the most suitable match.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

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