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Children’s Contact Centres - When are These Appropriate?

By Principal Lawyer, Family Law

When separated parents cannot agree on how and when they should spend time with their children, sometimes a Contact Centre is necessary to facilitate one parent, or a family member, spending time with their child.

The Milton Keynes Children's Contact Centre is a registered charity run by a team of volunteers headed by a volunteer administrator. The management of the Contact Centre is undertaken by Trustees with backgrounds in the legal profession, finance and professional child care.

Slater and Gordon Family Solicitor Hannah Cornish from our Milton Keynes office is on the committee which runs the centre. The committee works hard to ensure the centre remains open and undertakes a number of fundraising events to keep the centre open.

On Friday 26 September, the Milton Keynes Children’s Contact Centre hosted a fundraising dance which raised nearly £360. This money will be invested back into the centre so that it can continue to provide its very popular and important services. The centre is used by a number of families, some of whom have to travel significant distances due to the fact there are sadly a very limited number of centres which currently provide such services.

A Children's Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place, where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and when appropriate, other family members. It's a child-friendly environment that puts the needs of the children first.

Children's Contact Centres are often used in circumstances where there are allegations against a parent which need to be investigated or if a parent has not seen their child for a very long time. A children's contact centre allows a parent to see a child, when they may not otherwise be able to in a safe and environment. Even in difficult circumstances it is generally accepted that a parent should try and maintain contact with their child. A contact centre should always be focused on putting the needs of the child first.

Sadly, many children's contact centres up and down the country have had their basic funding cut by the UK Government and many centres have been forced to close.

Hannah Cornish is a Family Law Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

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