Why Supervised Contact?
There are various situations when supervised contact becomes necessary:
- Parents may see the need for supervised contact when communications between them breaks down or is no longer possible
- There may never have been contact between a parent and child, or contact has not occurred for a long time
- The Family Court has made an order for Supervised Contact
- A child or children may be in the care of Child Youth and Family Services
What do accredited Supervised Contact Providers have to offer?
Supervised contact providers accredited by ANZASCS offer services that are in the best interest of your child or children. They allow for:
- Quality time for children to build and maintain relationships with family members from whom they are separated.
- Safe, child focused confidential setting and service. Children remain safe from physical, sexual and emotional abuse during a contact visit
- Contact with the parent in the most appropriate manner for the child or children, providing toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.
Where can I find an accredited Supervised Contact Provider?
Click here to check out our accredited providers near you.
- The parties will be contacted by the provider who has received a referral from the Family Court, Child Youth and Family Services or any other Agency that is working with a family member.
- You will be contacted to attend an assessment interview to identify if the provider is able to assist with your situation. This interview will include a requirement to sign a contract, and details of the expectations of the provider when attending visits.
- If the provider does not have the capacity to provide services they will notify the Family Court or Referrer.
- If the provider is able to provide services, arrangements will be made to confirm the visit plan and time.
How much does it cost, and is there any funding available?
The cost will vary dependent on factors such as:
- The service providing contact
- Whether contact has been ordered by the Family Court
- Whether the child is in the care of Child Youth and Family Services
In December 2002 the Government signaled that it will contribute towards the cost of contact ordered by the Family Courts. This funding is now available to providers approved by Child Youth and Family. Please talk to your lawyer or service provider for more information. Service providers can contact the Ministry of Justice for further information about how such approval can be applied for.
Where can I get more information on Supervised Contact?