A service providing safe and positive contact arrangements for children whose parents are separated.

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What is this service for?

The Children’s Contact Service makes it possible for contact arrangements to take place with a minimum of stress both for children and their parents. It can also help with establishing a relationship between child and parent when there has been a period of limited or no contact.

The services that are provided:

  • Planning, negotiation and setting up of contact arrangements
  • Facilitated changeover to enable the child to be transferred smoothly from one parent to the other at contact times
  • Supervised contact visits to enable child and visiting parent to enjoy quality time together
  • Separate appointments for both parents
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • An established children’s centre with toys, games and equipment
  • Practical, sensible security including separate entrances and exits for each parent wherever possible

Advantages of Using the Service:

  • Contact can be made using an independent third party
  • Parents do not have to deal directly with each other
  • It provides a relaxed, safe and neutral environment for children and parents
  • Both parents can feel they are doing the best for their child

5 Steps to Accessing the Children’s Contact Service:

One parent calls the Children’s Contact Service and completes a short telephone intake.

The Children’s Contact Service will contact the other parent by letter or phone to seek agreement to use the service. If both parents agree, they proceed to step 3.

The Children’s Contact Service will arrange an intake interview. This is to assess the suitability of our service and understand and sign the CCS service agreement. Please refer to the ‘Times’ tab on the Tas Family Law Pathways website or call a Children’s Contact Service for wait times for an intake interview. When both parties have completed an Intake Interview, they proceed to step 4.

The child/ren will be asked to attend an orientation visit approximately one week before the first visit is to occur. This is to assess the suitability of the Children’s Contact Service for your child/ren and their ability to separate from their primary carer.

With agreement from both parties visits or changeovers commence following a successful child orientation session.

How do I make an appointment?

Call our professional staff on 1300 364 277.

Fees

This is a fee-paying service, concessions do apply.

When you call to book an appointment, we will discuss fees and payment options.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding fees you can give us a call on 1300 364 277.

Key Outcomes

The Children’s Contact Service seeks to:

  • Establish and support contact arrangements with the assistance of an impartial third party
  • Provide a safe and neutral venue for pre-arranged changeovers so children can move from one parent/family member to the other without stress
  • Provide supervised visits to enable children to enjoy quality time with a parent/family member at our venue
  • Pass child-focused and appropriate information from one parent/family member to the other at the time of contact
  • Establish safety planning including separate appointments for parents
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We are a Child Safe organisation

At Relationships Australia Tasmania (RA Tas) we consider the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people to be our highest priority. We strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

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