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In today’s society, 1 in 3 relationships/marriages in the UK end in separation or divorce.  It has been estimated that 100,000 children per year in the UK lose contact with a parent following a family break-up.  Child Contact Centres were set up to facilitate contact between a child and those parents, or other family members, with whom they no longer live.

It can be hard for children and parents to keep in touch during this emotionally difficult time.  Research tells us that children benefit from meaningful and safe contact with both parents, and this assists them in dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of separation and loss.

Child Contact Centres provides a neutral environment for families who are experiencing difficulties with contact following the breakdown of family relationships.  The Centre is a safe, friendly place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents, and sometimes other family members.   It is a child centred environment that puts the needs of children first.

The Centres promote the following values:

  • Child centred
  • Ensuring safety
  • Independent and Impartial
  • Respecting individuals, preserving confidentiality
  • Promoting equality, celebrating diversity
  • Valuing and supporting voluntary service

We aim to create a warm comfortable atmosphere where parents and children can relax.  We provide a range of toys and games for all ages, and refreshments.

The Child Contact Centre provides supported (not supervised) contact, which means that no assessments or reports are made other than dates and times of attendance.  The Centre is run by a Coordinator and trained, impartial volunteers who are there to help & support the families.

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