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Child Contact

Supported Contact

You require a friendly, neutral venue where a child(ren) can spend time with a visiting adult(s).

If there are no obvious safeguarding issues and your main concern is the rebuilding of child-adult relationships.

Reports or records of contact are not kept; information is not given to courts, solicitors or Cafcass. Unless staff observe/ hear information which leads them to believe that a child, member of staff, or other adult is at risk; in this instance the relevant authorities would be notified.

Supported contact is co-ordinated by a full-time member of staff and the rest of the supervising adults are trained volunteers.

You require a short-term service.

Supported child contact is a temporary measure only. Families ordinarily do not use this service for more than six months. We carry out regular reviews that help both parties plan a way forward and take steps to arranging their own contact and venue outside of the centre.

You are prepared to engage in other Dispute Resolution Services.

As part of this service you will be asked to attend a DRS SPIP during the first three months of your attendance at centre. Also at the review stage (usually held at 3 months) if progress is being made adults would be expected to consider attending a MIAM.

You are prepared to meet the costs:

Contact Centre Fees: £10 One off referral administration fee
Session fee (per parent): £10 if employed/ £5 if Unemployed

Supervised Contact

Risks have been identified and require management:

Supervised contact aims to ensure the physical safety and emotional wellbeing of a child(ren) and adults where risks have been identified. Individual supervision is provided with the supervisor in constant sight and sound of the child(ren) at all times.  Individual risk assessment meetings are carried out with both parents and a contact plan (may include safety planning) before contact commences.

You require a more structured and/ or longer-term contact intervention:

Contact is time limited with a plan to regularly assess and review progress and the possibility of safer future outcomes. The level of supervision may be reduced in a planned way after reviews with both parties. Some families, after being assessed, may move from constant supervision to intermediate level of supervision, escorted outings or supported or unrestricted contact.

You require professional support to assists a child(ren) in building and sustaining positive relationship with and a non-resident adult(s)

You require a written report detailing overview of session:

This is provided to both parties 5 days following contact session.

You are prepared to engage in other Dispute Resolution Services:

As part of this service you will be asked to attend a DRS SPIP during the first three months of your attendance at centre. Also at the review stage (usually held at 3 months) if progress is being made adults would be expected to consider attending a MIAM.

You are prepared to meet the costs:

Contact Centre Fees: £20 one-off referral administration fee

Session fee: £70ph.

Escorted Community Contact

A regular, safe and sustainable pattern of contact has already been established.

The non-resident adult is prepared to be accompanied with child(ren) to community venues such as; local parks, shops and restaurants by a member of staff.

Individual supervision is provided with the supervisor in constant sight and sound of the child(ren) at all times. A written summary of contact is still required.

You are working towards supported and/ or unsupervised contact in the longer term.

You are prepared to meet the costs:

Contact Centre Fees: £20 one-off referral administration fee (waivered if already accessing services)

Session fee: £70ph.

Private Law Court reports

Independent Social Work reports

If this report has been court ordered and arrangements have been made for the £3000 fee to be paid by parties.

If you require the identification and assessment of issues and risks that have prevented contact from starting, or that have caused it to breakdown.

A registered social worker will be responsible for the case and writing the report. Any attendance at Court required, as a result of this work is included in the cost of the case.

If there is an 8-12 week period available for Impact staff to carry out work.

Staff would work with parents and/or children using Impact contact activities and/or dispute resolution services at their disposal as they deemed necessary.

Life Story Work

If a child has little or no knowledge of their non-resident parent or birth family.

Work focuses upon establishing what a child knows about their family and then building upon this with them. Work is child focused and age appropriate and aims to aid the child’s understanding of their identity.

Lifestory work to be a preparation to enable future contact arrangements.

If arrangements have been made for the £400 fee to be paid in advance.

Wishes & Feelings

If you require a professional to work with your child(ren) to ascertain their wishes and feelings.

Members of our family support team would work with a child(ren), in a child-focused and age appropriate manner to ascertain their wishes and feelings. They would speak with the child(ren) on a one to one basis, independent of parents.

If you require a professional report detailing the work completed.

Members of our family support team would work with a child(ren), in a child-focused and age appropriate manner to ascertain their wishes and feelings. They would speak with the child(ren) on a one to one basis, independent of parents. As part of this report the practitioner also speaks with both parents and finds out current views and opinions. A short report is written to assist any court application.

If arrangements have been made for the £400 fee to be paid in advance.

Partnership Working

Impact has successfully worked in partnership with CAFCASS, National Association of Child Contact Centers (NACCC) to deliver high quality child contact services and Child Contact Interventions (CCI’s) for many years.

We have an ongoing relationship and work closely with both organisations to ensure we meet their required quality standards; working with families in a professional, timely way to help enable a progressive journey through ongoing private law proceedings.

Families who are already working with CAFCASS and have a Family Court Advisor (FCA) may be asked to complete CCI’s as part of plans agreed at court.  Parents will then be contacted by Impact staff and together they will agree how they will work together to ensure work that has been requested by Cafcass and the Family Courts is completed. Ongoing progress and feedback is given routinely to the FCA involved as part of partnership working.

Impact is regularly audited by both CAFCASS & NACCC to ensure best practice standards and evidence of audit outcomes can be made available upon request.

The images below are feedback from children who have worked with Impact through child contact arrangements and CCI.

Report from **Family Justice Young People’s Board report

** The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) is a group of around 40 children and young people who have been through the family justice system or who have an interest in children’s rights and the family courts. Originally created by Cafcass in 2006, the Board was established to help the organisation remain focused on children and young people. 

Recently, its success was recognised by the Family Justice Review and the Board was expanded to cover the family justice system on a national scale. The Board’s remit is to help ensure that the work of the Family Justice Board is child centered and child-inclusive.

Cafcass

NACCC