King's Lynn Child Contact Centre
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR KINGS LYNN CONTACT CENTRE
A child contact centre aims to provide a safe, neutral and comfortable venue for children to see a parent that they do not live with and sometimes other close family members.
Often when families separate, relationships between the adults can be difficult. There are a number of reasons for this including a breakdown in communications/ agreement and of conflict between the adults and as a result contact does not take place.
We offer supported contact to families in these cases although our centre is only suitable for families where there is no significant risk to the children. The aim is to reestablish the trust that the adults may have lost so that a working contact arrangement for the children can be sorted away from the centre.
We receive referrals from the adults themselves, the courts, mediation service, Children’s services and solicitors.
All the helpers are volunteers. They have to have an enhanced police check. We offer training in a variety of subjects that are relevant to family breakdown matters.
At the contact sessions we observe the families but do not stand over them. We can offer some assistance in helping the family member cope with the contact as in some cases they can struggle to keep the child occupied.
The ages of the children we help tend to range from 3 months to about 13 years.
We do not prepare reports save where there are safeguarding issues.
We meet on two Saturdays a month at the church hall attached to the London Road Methodist Church although some volunteers only help out once a month.
It is immensely rewarding when the children move away with contact arrangements in place!
- 07805 466916
Where to go
- C/o Norfolk Citizens Advice Kings Lynn
- PE30 5GN
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