A relationship breakdown between you and your partner need not affect your bond with your child. You still have an important part to play in the child’s life.
Children who do not have access to both parents are prone to behavioural and emotional problems. In many cases they have low self-esteem and their performance at schools can suffer as well. When divorced or separated, parents have difficulty in communicating well.
Child Contact Centres provide a safe neutral place for children to meet the mother or father who no longer lives at home with them. We won’t take sides. We simply operate in the best interests of your child.
The Centres are equipped with your child in mind, providing toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.
Over four thousand volunteers and staff work in these Centres throughout the UK, and over twenty thousand children use them each year.
The Centres are overseen by the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC).
The Chiltern Child Contact Centre offers supported contact – i.e. it is suitable for families where no significant risk to the child or those around the child have been identified. It is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9.30am – 2.30pm.
Both parents are required to attend the Centre for a pre-visit (the non-resident parent by themselves and the resident parent with the child(ren)).
The basic elements of our service are :
- Staff and volunteers are available for assistance but there is no close
observation, monitoring or evaluation of individual contacts/conversation.
- Several families will be together in one large hall.
- Encouragement for families to develop mutual trust.
- No detailed reports made unless risk of harm.
You do not need to pay to use the Contact Centre, and tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are offered free of charge.
The Chiltern Child Contact Centre is a new organisation based in Amersham Buckinghamshire. It formally opened in October 2011. The centre has achieved accreditation from the National Association of Child Contact Centres.
The Chiltern Child Contact Centre is registered with the Charity Commission and the charity number is 1145058.