Children Heard And Seen are looking for committed and reliable volunteers to support children impacted by parental imprisonment.

We are looking for committed and reliable volunteers to support children impacted by parental imprisonment. Those left behind are often deemed guilty by association, and the children we support therefore face extreme shame, stigma and isolation. A mentor can support a child by becoming a ‘consistent other’ outside of the family home. This relationship provides children with a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings surrounding their absent parent, whilst also providing them with a social outlet through which they can escape and have some fun.

Mentors should play a consistent role in the young person’s life; the mentor should regularly engage with the child, and commit to a relationship with the mentee for at least 12 months. Mentors will be supported by Children Heard and Seen every step of the way and must ensure Safeguarding training is relevant and up to date. Further ongoing training and professional development, including regular supervision, is also encouraged. Applicants will also be expected to complete an enhanced disclosure with the Criminal records bureau.

Mentoring can be extremely rewarding for all involved, with both mentors and mentees reporting that they have benefited positively from the relationship. If you are interested or have any questions, please email [email protected]