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Child contact intervention - what is this?

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Child Contact Intervention may be recommended by Cafcass in disputes regarding children. Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) is asked by the court to work with families. Their role is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. 

Child Contact Intervention is a programme which is aimed at encouraging parents to consider contact in a child focused way and can include listening to a child’s views. There are several Child Contact Intervention services, with the most used being Core Assets.

Types of Child Contact Intervention

There are various types of intervention such as helping the parent prepare for a contact session, assistance for the child in understanding and preparing for what the contact sessions will be like, and promoting sustained and positive contact. Cafcass organises these approved providers and offers funding for these sessions, which can be up to 12 hours. Cafcass and the trained staff work to plan a bespoke programme for each individual family, with the focus being to support parents to manage safe contact for their child, as well as this experience being a positive one for the child.

The programme offers flexibility and allows for discussions with the parents to set out the needs and process of the Child Contact Intervention Programme, with the view being that this should limit negotiations at court hearings. The programme also encourages the parents to engage in communication to address the issues between them with the advantage of this process being monitored.

The main difficulty with this programme is its availability, which is due to the lack of available resources and the impact of funding. Further, there is no guarantee the hostilities will not remain or that cooperation between the parents can be achieved. However, the positive is that the continued involvement of Cafcass could assist in respect of these issues. 

A Child Contact Intervention can be incorporated into a Court Order by way of an activity direction. The recommendation is that the Child Contact Intervention can prove highly effective because parties feel very much in control.

If you are experiencing difficulties with arrangements to spend time with your children, please contact us at Birkett Long LLP.  We have a team of specialist family lawyers who are committed to dealing with disputes involving children. We will always try to resolve your issues amicably and by agreement in the first instance, however if this is not possible we will advise on the options available and the most appropriate course of action for you.  Why not give us a ring for a free 15 minute consultation and see how we can help you?

Please call Yolande Millar in the Family Team on 01245 453878 or alternatively email on