The Knock Child Contact Centre was established in 1999.  We are a voluntary organisation overseen by a board of directors and run by a part-time Coordinator & Deputy Coordinator & Team Leader, with a team of trained, committed volunteers who are impartial and sensitive to the needs of the families.

Before Volunteers start in the Centre, they must provide two referees and undergo an AccessNI police check.

We have a coffee bar area where tea, coffee, soft drinks, fruit, toasted pancakes and sweets can be bought at reasonable prices. Table games, craft materials and xbox are also available.

The pool table is popular with children and parents. and we also have a carpeted room which is suitable for babies and toddlers.

A waiting room is available upstairs where those bringing children can wait while the children enjoy their contact downstairs. The parents/adults do not have to meet if they don’t want to.

For disability access we have a ramp to our front door and a disabled toilet.

Opening Times

Wednesday 3pm – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 12noon

Location

Kairos Centre, Knock Presbyterian Church, 53 Kings Road, Belfast, BT5 6JH

The Process

Before a family uses the Centre a referral form must be completed along with pre visit meetings.

The coordinator will contact the referrer to arrange for parents to visit the centre and, if possible, to see around and to check the details about the contact arrangements. This also gives the parents a chance to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have. It is particularly helpful if the children can come and see round the building before meeting with their contact parent/adult.

Resident and contact adults are required to sign a consent form which sets out the ground rules for use of the Centre. The Resident adult is also asked to sign a form giving consent for their child to receive basic First Aid if necessary or be taken for medical care in an emergency.

The Centre can also be used as a handover point where visits take place outside the Centre. This must be agreed between the parents or other relevant adults or be by court order.

Meet Our Team

Gemma Bird, Coordinator

Ward Vaughan, Team Leader

Alison Long, Team Leader

A Day at the centre

Knock Child Contact Centre

Knock Presbyterian, 53 Kings Road,Belfast, BT5 6JH
07847 733699

Child Contact Centres welcome referrals from solicitors, social workers, court services, other Voluntary Organisations, and sometimes families themselves.

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