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“I really felt that my Independent Visitor was there for me”

Service user, Family Action Bromley Independent Visitor and Siblings Together Service

There is much evidence that suggests that looked after children achieve poor outcomes, with particular issues around poor education attainment, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency as adults, and teenage pregnancies.

We strongly believe that these children should have the same life opportunities and chances as their peers with opportunities to build close bonds with their sibling and peers, to do well at school, and to access higher education or rewarding jobs.  Our aim is to provide stability and support to enable the young person to build confidence, explore and develop life skills.

“I really felt that my Independent Visitor was there for me”

Service user, Family Action Bromley Independent Visitor and Siblings Together Service

Our services

Family Action’s focus is on the child’s voice and we adopt a befriending model of care.

  • Our Independent Visitors provide tailored support centered around the child’s needs. The service allows the child or young person to build a relationship with an adult who is not their social worker or carer and gives them someone to look to as a role model and a source of support in developing life skills.
  • We particularly recognise the importance of sibling relationships for looked after children and the real challenges they face developing bonds with siblings they have been separated from. Our Siblings Together work adopts a ‘buddy’ approach to help bring together siblings separated in care in order that they can spend quality time together and rebuild their relationship.
  • Our East Midlands Adoption Support Service ensures adopted children and those with attachment-based difficulties and their families in the East Midlands receive the support they need when they need it. Visit www.learning-exchange.org.uk to find out more.
  • Our Training and Consultancy team offer a wide range of workshops to support fostering and adoption professionals. Visit our training page to find out about forthcoming training and events.

Volunteers

Our Birth Parents Support Services use a volunteer befriender model to support parents following a decision by the local authority for their children to be adopted out of the family.

If you are interested in supporting these services as a volunteer ‘Buddy’ or as an Independent Visitor please visit our Volunteering pages.

 

Our impact

We have an outcomes based approach and work closely with the Children in Care Council to ensure our services are meeting this group of young people’s need. We involve children in care in the designing and development of the service and seek routine feedback from all young people accessing the service to ensure it is fully meeting their needs.

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For more information about Family Action please contact us on

Email: info@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7254 6251