Keeping children in touch with parents following separation
Welcome to the Walton Child Contact Centre Website
Welcome to all families, professionals and others who would like to know more about our Walton Child Contact Centre.
Child Contact Centres provide a place where children from separated families can enjoy contact with a non-resident parent or other family member in a neutral environment. The centres offer a child-centred atmosphere that helps to build trust and confidence.
Some families require support with contact arrangements following separation, especially when the child has not seen one of their parents for a while. This is one of the things Contact Centres offer. Child Contact Centres help families to re-establish and maintain consistent contact that they can sustain for themselves in future. This is how success is measured. Our aim is that contact outside of the centre can take place as soon as possible, once trust between the parties has been restored.
The centre is a member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) and has been accredited by them.
In the light of the currently fast-moving and virtually unprecedented situation, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the operation of the Walton-on-Thames Child Contact Centre from and including the session that was due to be held on Saturday 28th March.
The most important role of a Contact Centre has always been the provision of a safe environment in which children can meet with one or other of their estranged parents but, at least for the time being, it is felt that we are no longer able to guarantee an acceptable level of safety for the children, their parents and guardians and, of course, our volunteers – the majority of whom fall into the ‘most vulnerable’ category.
We very much hope to be in the position to recommence operations before too long but, for obvious reasons, cannot predict when that might be.