Supported Contact Centres offer local venues and facilities for Child Contact. These are voluntary organisations, and Cafcass will only refer to and work with centres that are accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres.
Supported Contact Centres are not suitable for any cases involving risk to children or adults; they do not supervise contact or write reports, but offer facilities where a family needs this for a defined period of time. They should only be used where safe and beneficial contact for the child can clearly take place.
Further information is available from the NACCC website.
If a Contact Centre is in any doubt about a referral or a current case they should discuss the case with NACCC or their local Cafcass office. In cases where there is an urgent child protection issue the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board for the local authority must be followed.
Useful Links / Documents:
National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) hold up to date information regarding Supported Child Contact Centres. Please visit their website for further details through this link.
Revised Protocol for Referral of Families to Supported Child Contact Centres can be found here.