First contact orders with domestic violence: Contact Centres
kalimnadancer saidMaybe the father does not want to be forced to use a contact centre and would be agreeable to another way to see the child. Contact centres are not nice places for the child or the parent and they can be very negative places.
Contact Centres were originally established for 2 purposes.
The first is to provide a neutral and safe environment for parents to exchange care of their children where it is considered inappropriate that the parents come into direct contact with each other.
The other is to provide a neutral and safe environment for a child to have supervised contact with their parent. The staff at these centres are usually very experienced people of with professional qualifications in psychology or similar disciplines. They also have clear guidelines about what is acceptable interaction between a child and parent. The supervision tends to be unobtrusive but nevetherless vigilant and is reportable to court if the need arises. The guidelines are also quite clear about the need to prevent contact where the child is put at risk.
The staff also tend to be aware and make allowance that most people would be uncomfortable parenting whilst under supervision. Any report would take this into account.
In essence supervised contact is better than no contact at all and a positive report from the contact centre is likely to lead to unsupervised contact unless the court finds there child is at risk for another reason.