About this service

The National Independent Visitor Network (NIVN) is an independent project hosted by Barnardo's. It aims to improve the quality of and increase access to Independent Visitors for looked after children and young people. We provide a national network for professionals, create and share good practice, support the implementation of the National IV Standards and carry out influencing work to increase access to quality IV services for children in England and Wales.

NIVN launched the 'Right Friend Campaign' to champion every care-experienced child's right to an IV. We are campaigning for at least 10% of looked after children per local authority in England to be matched with an Independent Visitor by 2022.

To find out more visit www.ivnetwork.org.uk

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Independent visitors

A supporting adult to befriend, advise and assist a child or young person who may have little or no positive contact with members of their own family.

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