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Child Contact

Supported Child Contact is defined as: In-centre supervision of the venue, while enabling a peaceful hand-over of the child from one parent to the other and supporting the contact within the centre when appropriate. Information on interactions before, during or after the contact is not recorded, unless a child protection or health and safety issue is observed. A record of attendance is kept and an attendance report can be provided upon request.

Supported Child Contact Centres

Child Contact Centres play a key role in helping children affected by family breakdown to maintain relationships with the parent they do not live with. The central concept of a Child Contact Centre is to offer a safe, friendly, neutral, child-centred environment for children to meet with their non-resident parent or other family member, for example a grandparent.

The Centres can be used for a period of indoors contact or just as a place for a safe, comfortable handover, making the transition from one parent to another easier for the children.

A trained organiser and volunteers are on duty at these locations, the contact is not supervised and parents remain responsible for their children. At the request of solicitors, and on payment of a fee, we can provide records of attendance at the centre.

The Centres are designed to allay the fears that many separated or divorced parents face – losing regular and possibly long-term contact with their children. Here they can enjoy valuable time together without the pressures that might arise in other locations.
Children have the right to remain in contact with both parents after separation or divorce, unless this may hurt the child. However, some parents find it very difficult to agree to share their children’s time with their ex-partner and Child Contact Centres enable this to happen safely.

Family Mediation Lothian staffs and supports each of its Child Contact Centres with a Contact Centre Organiser and a volunteer. Volunteers are trained by Family Mediation Lothian, either in Edinburgh or at the Centre where they propose to work.

FML Contact Centre locations and times:

Dr Bells Family Centre, Leith                       Sunday             12.00pm – 4.00pm
Granton Family Centre, Edinburgh               Saturday           10.30am – 3.30pm
Viewforth Family Centre, Edinburgh             Saturday           10.30am – 3.30pm
                                                                Sunday             12.00pm – 3.00pm
Olivebank Family Centre, Musselburgh         Saturday           10.30am – 3.30pm
                                                                Sunday             12.00pm – 3.00pm
Forestbank Centre, Livingston                     Saturday           9.30am – 12.30pm
                                                                Sunday             9.30am – 12.30pm
Whitburn Resource Centre                          Saturday           10.00am – 1.00pm