CHILD CONTACT CENTRES

 

 

Parents going through a tough divorce or separation can often find it too difficult to see each other, so children need a safe, welcoming place to spend time with their non-resident parent.

Child contact centres can play an essential role in helping children affected by family breakdown to maintain relationships with the parent they no longer live with or with other family members.

The central concept of a child contact centre is to offer a safe, friendly, neutral, child-centred environment for children to meet their non-resident parent or family member. They are designed to be a stepping stone to a more permanent arrangement for future contact.

Child contact centre staff do not assume direct responsibility for children during contact. The child is always the responsibility of the person bringing the child for contact and, during contact, the person having the contact. Contact Centre staff will, however, manage the transition of the child(ren) from one parent to another, when required.

We have a child contact centre in both Dumfries and Stranraer, offering supervised, supported and handover contact. We also have practical advice and literature available on how using a child contact centre helps and what happens at a child contact centre.

Please contact us if you’d like to chat about our child contact centre services.

Fees:

Supervised Contact
Referral & Set Up Fee – £150 (Fee required before an appointment can be made)
Hourly Fee – £90 (Maximum of two hours contact session)
Supervised Report – £150 (Based on a block of six contact sessions – payable in advance of each report requested)

Supported Contact
Referral & Set Up Fee – £150 (Fee is required before an appointment can be made)
Hourly Fee – £80 (Maximum of three hours contact session)
Attendance Report – £50 (Based on each block of twelve contact sessions – payable in advance of each report requested)

Handover Contact
Referral & Set Up Fee – £100 (Fee is required before an appointment can be made)
Contributions per session would be welcomed thereafter
Attendance Report – £50 (Based on each block of twelve contact sessions – payable in advance of each report requested)
We will facilitate Handover contact for a maximum period of 6 months.

Legal Aid may be available to cover the above costs. You are advised to consult a solicitor to check your eligibility for Legal Aid.

The below videos describe what happens when visiting a Child Contact Centre.

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