The idea of this page is to give you some useful information in language that you understand about what is happening in your family.
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Information for Children and Young People
If you are looking at this leaflet it will probably be because your family is changing.
Parents split up for lots of different reasons.
Often it is because one or both are unhappy.
It is not your fault and they both still love you.
Sometimes parents do not agree about where and when their children should see the parent who no longer lives with them.
If this happens then they may decide to use a Contact Centre until they can come up with a different plan.
What is a Contact Centre?
A Contact Centre is a safe and friendly place where children can talk and play with the parent they do not live with, family members and other people important to them.
What will I be doing?
There are toys, games, and crafts for all ages, or you can bring something of your own.
Who Will be There?
There may be children of different ages who are also seeing their parents, grandparents, and family. There is plenty of room for everyone.
How will I feel?
You may be excited, a bit scared or a mixture of both before you come to the Contact Centre for the first time.
You will be given the chance to look around and talk to the Coordinator.
You can ask the Coordinator questions and talk about any worries you may have.
Will there be Anyone Else There?
The centre is run by teams of people called volunteers.
Their job is to make the centre ready, safe, and fun for the children and young people who come.
They also provide snacks and drinks.
You can ask them any questions about the contact centre and talk to them if something is worrying you.