Child Contact Interventions are aimed at encouraging parents to listen to their child’s views and to approach contact in ways that meet the child’s needs. There are several types of interventions available, these include preparation of a child for contact, work with parents to prepare for contact, intervention and observation of contact, sustaining contact and indirect contact. This menu of interventions allows Cafcass Family Court and Advisors and Polaris Children’s Services contact staff to plan a bespoke programme appropriate to the families’ individual needs. Trained and dedicated staff work intensively with each family and the Cafcass Family Court Advisor for a short term period with a focus of supporting parents to manage contact in a safe way creating a positive experience for the children involved.
Subject to risk assessment, services can be centre based or external, such as a Cafcass office, during community activities or within the visiting parents’ home, allowing for the flexibility to support families in various setting and enabling them to move on in a safe and supported way.
The interventions will support parents and children, giving them ideas to enable and sustain safe and beneficial unsupervised contact, establishing a way forward without the need for longer term court intervention.
For more information, contact us on our dedicated phoneline: 0800 783 4585