Plymouth Independent Visitor and Advocacy Service (PIVAS)
Barnardo’s are commissioned by Plymouth City Council to deliver an advocacy and independent visitor service to children and young people across the city. Our work is supported by a team of trained volunteers.
If a child or young person is in the care of the local authority or there are concerns about a child or young person’s situation and/or safety then a meeting is called to look at how things are going and to plan for the future. This includes Initial Child Protection Conferences (ICPC), Child Protection Reviews (CPR) and statutory reviews for children and young people who are in care. It is important that the child or young person’s views are heard and taken into account at the meeting.
Our advocacy service provides an advocate who will meet with the young person beforehand to help work out what the child or young person wants to say, and be with them at that meeting to ensure their voice is heard.
An Independent Visitor (IV) is a volunteer who commits to meeting regularly with a child or young person who is in care for at least two years. The IV is there to visit, befriend and help the child or young person they are matched with.
If you are interested in volunteering in one of these services please click on the Volunteering tab on the left hand side