This week sees the launch of a new campaign by the National Association of Child Contact Centres which will highlight the services offered to divorced and separated parents through Child Contact Centres.
Before the recent changes to the Legal Aid system, the majority of separating or divorcing couples would see a family lawyer for guidance, advice and information. At this point parents would have been made aware of the services offered by Child Contact Centres with many parents being referred to one of the centres.
However, since the changes to the Legal Aid system, the number of parents who are now seeking advice from family lawyers has fallen, with the result that many parents do not know about Child Contact Centres, or believe that they can use a Child Contact Centre only if they are going through court. This is not the case and the one of the messages that the National Association of Child Contact Centres is very keen to put across that parents can self-refer if they wish.
Child Contact Centres are located throughout the UK and are neutral places where the children of separated families can enjoy contact with either their non-resident parents or other family members, in a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment.
For further information on the National Association of Child Contact Centres and for details of a Child Contact Centre in your area, please visit their website.