Westwood House Child Contact Sessional Support Volunteer

Congleton, Cheshire
Volunteer Role
23 Oct 2018
23 Jan 2019
Children and Youth
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Long Term

Become part of an experienced, child focused and dedicated team that can be a stepping stone to working in the Family Support arena. An expectation to work on three mornings of a fourteen week rota.

An expectation to work on three mornings of a fourteen week rota.

The role covers:

*Preparing the centre before contact sessions ensuring age appropriate toys and games are ready for use.

*Welcoming families and helping them to settle in the centre.

*Supporting children and parents in building a positive relationship with each other.

*Listening to children and parents in a non judgmental way without taking sides in parental differences.

*Offering appropriate guidance and signposting without trying to counsel or make direct interventions. 

*Ensuring the safety of families and fellow volunteers, respecting individuals and preserving confidentiality.

*Valuing and supporting each other sharing skills and expertise.

*Promoting an enjoyable and positive experience for children. 

*Making refreshments.

*Tidying up after contact sessions close.

*Attending training sessions.

A Child Contact Centre is a meeting place where children of separated families can enjoy contact with one (or both) parents, and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment when there is no viable alternative. The trauma and distress which accompanies family breakdowns means that contact can be an awkward, stressful and sometimes distressing experience for adults and children alike. Research has shown that in the majority of cases children benefit from regular contact with both their parents. Despite this, some parents who have separated find it hard to agree on contact arrangements for their children. Child Contact Centres can sometimes help by encouraging the people involved to: - put their children’s interests first - co-operate over child care and contact arrangements - keep their own disagreements away from their child/children by providing a safe, comfortable and child-centred meeting place, Child Contact Centres can ensure that the children involved in these disputes not only see a non-resident parent, but also: - cope more effectively with the end of their parents relationship - have greater peace of mind and more secure sense of personal identity - become less likely to suffer either short or long term emotional harm - have stronger links with, and better understanding of, their family roots and culture.


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