PRE-CONTACT ASSESSMENTS

                                                                          Where a child is reported to resist or refused to engage with contact plans with a parent he or she no longer lives with, a pre-contact assessment might help to determine the reasons why. It also helps to establish an intervention plan to promote parent and child contact .e.g . Direct work with child , Direct Work with separated parents. 

LIFE STORY / IDENTITY WORK 

Takes place at supervised contact centres and used where a child has no knowledge of a parent or has not had contact with their non-resident parent for some time.

Indirect Contact 

Takes place at supervised centres and is used where direct contact is either unsafe, unworkable and or not in the child’s best interests. Contact can be in the form of letters, cards, gifts, emails or Skype.

ADDITIONAL CHILD CONTACT INTERVENTION SERVICES

Where chronic parental conflict is impacting on the child’s sense of safety about contact or life issues or a parent’s ability to connect and trust self or the other parent to meet or prioritise their child’s needs, short-term interventions are individually tailored to help children and parents to facilitate a felt sense of safety and meaningful connections between children and both resident and non-resident parents. For further information, please complete a contract referral form or email: [email protected]

 

                                          

PARENTAL ALIENATION ASSESSMENT

A parental alienation assessment is necessary where a child's hostility towards one parent, or resistance or refusal of contact with a parent is not justified and is possibly the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent. Other justifiable reasons why a child might be hostile, resist or reject contact with a parent are:

  • Where the child has been harmed  or is frightened by a parent due to witnessing domestic abuse
  • Harmful parenting, such as neglect or substance misuse
  • A Lack of attachment
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Harmful parental conflict

 

To make a referral, please email [email protected]