Where there is no identified safety concerns, we can provide assisted contact at our premises in Truro, but also, out in the community, or in parents’ own homes (if in the child’s best interests) to give children a more natural environment to spend quality time with a parent. To help working parents, contact and support can be considered at weekends and during evenings. During assisted contact, observation notes are made to advise your solicitor, family court advisor, or the court on how the sessions have been progressing for the child. Copies of our reports are available upon request. For private assisted contact, both parents must sign the Referral Form and complete a Risk Assessment prior to contact taking place.
For those families where there are identified safety concerns, we can offer supervised contact. We supervise the contact to support everybody to feel safe and that contact is a positive experience for the child. Contact will take place at our Truro premises and is arranged so that neither parent meets each other when attending contact. If deemed safe and in the child’s best interests, contact outside of working hours can be considered. During supervised contact, observation notes are made to advise your solicitor, family court advisor, or the court on how the sessions have been progressing for the child. Copies of our reports are available upon request.
We offer help with handovers where unsupervised contact is safe and appropriate, but parents struggle to meet, do not wish to meet, or it causes distress to their children. Handover support reduces children being exposed to parental conflict and allows them to share their feelings around contact. They can relax in a safe and positive environment in our Truro premises whilst waiting for their parent. During court directed handover support, observation notes are made to advise your solicitor, Family Court Advisor, or the courts on how handovers have been progressing for the child. Copies of our reports are available upon request. For private handover support, both parents must sign the Referral Form, complete a Handover Plan (so both parents have an agreed understanding of how handovers will occur) and a Risk Assessment prior to support taking place.
We can conduct direct work with children to help them build confidence and trust to see parents again, especially if they are struggling to want to see a parent who has been granted contact, or where there has been a period of limited or no contact.
We are not therapists, but over the years have become skilful listeners to help children and young people express themselves. We have often felt as frustrated as parents when a child cannot access services, or they are put on huge waiting lists. Ready, Steady, Release offers a listening ear for children and young people who are struggling to engage with everyday life, experiencing strained relationships and having difficulty managing anxieties and emotions.
We offer a range of assessment services for those who make decisions for children. All of our assessment services include contact sessions if required to inform our assessments: