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Independent Visitors Coordinator

Crystal Palace, London
£28,283 - £37,326 FTE (£22,626 - £29,861 pro rata)
Closing date
5 Apr 2024

Independent Visitors Coordinator (18498)

Contract type: Fixed term

End date: February 2025

Hours: 29.6

Salary: £28,283 - £37,326 FTE (£22,626 - £29,861 pro rata)

Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Barnardo's Children Rights provides is multidisciplinary service which provides Independent Visitor (IV) and Advocacy services to children in care, care leavers, children with disabilities, and children on either a child in need or child protection plan; the exact provision varies depending on the contract held with each Local Authority. The IV and Advocacy services are separate provisions which are housed under the umbrella of Children Rights in Barnardo's.

The IV service is an independent provision which links members of the community, through a rigorous process of assessment, with children in care who have limited contact with their birth families. The IV volunteers are matched with children for a period of minimum 2 years to act as a role model and befriender. Together they attend different leisure activities and maintain regular contact. The service aims to achieve more positive outcomes for children and young people in line with their individual background and needs.

Reporting to the IV Team Manager, you will be based in our Crystal Palace office, which is close to public transport links. You will be required to travel to meet with children, young people and volunteers in their homes and different community settings, as well as for attending quarterly service monitoring meetings with the local authority. Service users and volunteers may be located across London and the South East, and occasionally further afield. Flexibility is required for travel and working hours, as many visits will need to take place outside of school, college and/or working hours.

Currently, the service is operating on a blended model of remote and face-to-face work in response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.


Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

  • Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
  • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo's. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • 20% discount at Barnardo's stores
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo's Learning and Development offer *T&C's apply based on contract

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is reflected in our values and our practice, and we have invested in this area of our work to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments to be an inclusive employer. EDI is a key enabler of our purpose as a charity and we want to ensure that the diversity of our teams is reflective of the communities we serve and that we continue to learn and develop our work with a focus on inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and  Minoritised Ethnic Communities, candidates who are LGBT+ and Disabled candidates. 

Our basis and values

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