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Knock Child Contact Centre

c/o Knock Presbyterian Church
53 Kings Road
Belfast BT5 6JH
(click for a map)


Contact details:
Gemma Bird (Coordinator)
T: 07847733699
knock.contact@gmail.com



Knock Child Contact Centre
is an accredited member of the
National Association of
Child Contact Centres.


 

In today’s society, 1 in 3 relationships/marriages in the UK end in separation or divorce. It has been estimated that 100,000 children per year in the UK lose contact with a parent following a family break-up. Child Contact Centres were set up to facilitate contact between a child and those parents, or other family members, with whom they no longer live. Knock Child Contact Centre provides a neutral, safe, welcoming environment for families who are experiencing difficulties with contact following the breakdown of family relationships.

Knock Child Contact Centre welcomes referrals from solicitors, social workers, the courts, other Voluntary Organisations or families themselves.

To discuss use of the Centre, please phone the Coordinator, Gemma on 07847733699. If no-one is available to take your call, please leave your name and phone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Before a family uses the Centre a referral form must be completed.

The coordinator will contact the referrer to arrange for parents to visit the centre and, if possible, to see around and to check the details about the contact arrangements. This also gives the parents a chance to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have. It is particularly helpful if the children can come and see round the building before meeting with their contact parent/adult.

Pre-contact visits can be arranged for Wednesdays between 3.00 and 7.00pm or Saturdays between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00noon.

Resident and contact adults are required to sign a consent form which sets out the ground rules for use of the Centre. The Resident adult is also asked to sign a form giving consent for their child to receive basic First Aid if necessary or be taken for medical care in an emergency.

Referral Form, Consent Forms , NINCCC Children's leaflet and KCCC leaflet

The Centre can also be used as a handover point where visits take place outside the Centre. This must be agreed between the parents or other relevant adults or be by court order.

Parents do not have to meet if they prefer not to.

Information for referrers

 

“The Contact Centre enabled my son to maintain contact with his father at a very difficult
time for us as his father couldn’t come to my home. He now sees him during the week
and stays at his house every other Saturday night.”
     
Resident parent

 

Knock Child Contact Centre - 53 Kings Road Belfast BT5 6JH