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Child Contact Centres
so that parenting needn't end when a partnership does


What is a Child Contact Centre?

A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral 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 the children first.

What is it like at a Child Contact Centre?

The most important people in the Child Contact Centre are the children. We aim to create a warm, sociable atmosphere where you and your children can relax and enjoy yourselves. The Centre has an area with a variety of games, toys and books for children of all ages. Tea, coffee and other refreshments are provided. You may want to bring along some favourite toys, special drinks, or other things you might need such as nappies. The Child Contact Centre is run by fully trained volunteers or staff. They are impartial, so they do not take sides. They work to a strict confidentiality policy and have been through an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

It is advisable for you (the parent) and your child or children to come and see the Centre before your first arranged visit. This will help you get to know the Centre and the staff, and make your first visit easier.

Do I have to meet my ex-partner when I go to the Centre?

Not if you don't want to. Parents are responsible for their children at all times while at the Centre so you will have to wait with your child until your ex-partner arrives. However, the Centre staff can deal with the handover of your child so you don't need to meet your ex-partner.

What happens if I can't come at a time when I've arranged a visit?

Let your ex-partner and the Centre Co-ordinator know as soon as you can.

Does the Centre make any reports about us?

A Child Contact Centre is independent of the courts, social services or any other statutory agency. We do not make verbal or written reports about visits, apart from the dates and times of attendance. The only exception to this is if we believe that a child is at risk, or if a member of staff, volunteer or Centre user is at risk of harm.

Is there anything I need to do?

As this is a special time for children to spend with the parent they no longer live with, we ask that new partners do not attend the Centre. Also, please keep disagreements out of the Child Contact Centre. Remember that your child is hurting too. Make this a happy time for them.

Some general information

The Centre provides a healthy snack during session. This includes toast, fruit, yoghurt and juice.

Parents are welcome to bring in their own snacks or toys for the session.

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A: Larne Child Contact Centre - Greenland Community Centre, 162a Old Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1TS (Saturday 10:00am - Noon)
A: Larne Child Contact Centre - YMCA Building - 30 - 34 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AT (Postal Address)
T: 028 9335 0940
M: 07853 938881
E:
contact@larneccc.co.uk