The role of the Child and Young Person’s Visitor was established in 2017 with the aim of regularly visiting and inspecting individual residential and emergency care homes, and to meet with and advocate for the children and young people living in them.
Penny Wright was appointed to the role of Child and Young Person’s Visitor on 13 February 2018, to take effect from 26 February 2018 until 9 July 2022.
At the time of her appointment, Penny and her team were already conducting a two year-year trial visiting program to see how best to implement the scheme when it was formally established.
The trial ended in September 2019, with a number of recommendations outlined in the trial’s final report as to the how to proceed with a formal ongoing scheme.
There has been no further, dedicated funding to support the Visitor or to implement the visiting scheme described in the legislation.
Penny resigned from the role of Child and Young Person’s Visitor on 23rd August 2021. This is her statement, setting out the context here.
The role and functions of the Child and Young Person’s Visitor are legislated in Chapter 9 of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.