Altrincham Child Contact Centre
** The Contact Centre will be re-opening on Saturday 18th September, initially operating fortnightly. See below for details of the service and useful documents including our procedures for keeping our users of the centre and our volunteers safe in terms of COVID-19**
Based at the Hub, the Altrincham Child Contact Centre was established in 1990 and is an accredited member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres. There are over 300 such centres across the UK which provide support for separated families by offering a safe and secure environment for children to spend time with their non-resident parent (or sometimes with their grandparents or siblings). We provide supported contact, staffed by DBS-checked volunteers and are open every Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Our aim is to offer a pleasant, comfortable environment, with toys and games for all ages, a soft play area and light refreshments, where children and parents who now live apart, can enjoy quality time together.
What is supported contact?
Supported contact offers facilities to enable children to develop and maintain positive relationships with non-resident parents and other family members. They are suitable for families where no significant risk to the child or those around the child have been identified. Impartiality is an important element and staff and volunteers are available for assistance but there is no close observation, monitoring or evaluation of individual contact or conversation.
Usually several families are together in one or a number of rooms and the environment encourages families to develop mutual trust. No detailed reports are made unless there is a risk of harm. Arrival & departure times of all parties are recorded and can be provided, in writing, if requested. Parents do not have to meet and we can provide facilities for a “handover” where there is agreement that the child(ren) can be taken out of the centre.
We welcome referrals from solicitors, social services or via the Family Court. We will also consider “self-referrals” direct from families who are wishing to use the facility. We are sponsored by Altrincham Baptist Church and make no charge for the service that we offer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07403 955427 to make an enquiry
Referral form (resident parent)
Referral form (non-resident parent)
Referral form (Solicitors, social services)