Aylesbury Vale Child Contact Centre is located above the Methodist Church in the town centre of Aylesbury, with easy access to local transport services.
Although the centre is upstairs there is a lift available for disability access. There is no parking linked to the church but there are several car parks within easy access. Families can drop off and collect outside the church. The centre has one large room which is separated out for families and since Covid they have been spacing families to avoid contact between them. The centre has a large seating area by the reception area on the ground floor and there are two smaller rooms which the centre uses if needed. The centre has adequate bathroom facilities (including a disabled toilet) and a kitchen with a hatch into the main room which is managed by the volunteers.
The Co-ordinator has been in post for nine years and is responsible for the running of the centre, managing the volunteer team, carrying out pre-contact meetings, risk assessing families and reporting to the management committee. At the time of the report, they were recruiting for more volunteers to enable them to offer their service to more families.
Parents attend pre-contact meetings, which prior to Covid, were completed at the centre. At the time of the report these were taking place via a phone call. Children are invited to attend the centre to become familiar with the surroundings and discuss any concerns they may have.
Aylesbury Vale Child Contact Centre is well established however they have been impacted by the outbreak of Covid which has affected their level of volunteers. Subsequently they have decided to not take on any new families until they have more volunteers. They have produced a good policy for managing Covid in the centre, which at the time of the report was constantly being reviewed dependent on government advice. The centre has been very sensible with what they can offer at this current time while taking account of Covid, safety and the needs of the families. They have demonstrated a good understanding of NACCC requirements, and the assessor gained the view that will only offer contact that is safe, and in the child’s best interest. The centre meets the standards for supported contact accreditation.