Venue details not disclosed

Opening hours

Days & Times: Alternate Saturday 10am-11.30am

Centre charges

£140 per referral for up to 6 months

Services available here

Supported contact

Accepts self referrals


Not For Profit

To make a referral,

Address: Suite 1 & 4 Gymphlex Buildings, Boston Road, Horcastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6HU

Alternative: 07584 341265




Alternative: 07584 341265


This centre is accredited to provide supported contact

Accreditation is a way of checking that your contact centre is safe and meets our standards.

How is a centre checked?

An assessorSomeone working on our behalf who has experience and an interest in child contact services and must assess if a service meets our standards. looks round the rooms, toys, equipment, and any outside play areas to make sure that they are safe and good for you to use. They talk with the people at the centre to make sure that they are trained and helped to do their job as well as possible. They then check the informationThe assessor checks through the centre’s accreditation portfolio which includes policies, procedures, risk assessments, reports (if the service offers supervised contact) and information for families. on what happens at the centre and how it keeps you safe.

When the assessor is happy that a centre meets our standards then they are awarded their accreditation and you can find them on this website. Accreditation happens every three years with extra checks if needed.

Accreditation Summary

Date: 12/03/2024


Children’s Links is a charity that works with children, families and communities to change children’s lives for the better. They run five child contact centres in Lincolnshire with additional centres in other areas. The assessor was able to visit Lincoln and Grantham Child Contact Centres but was sent relevant pictures taken by the leaders of the centres in Spalding, Skegness and Gainsborough.  All centres operate in a very similar way and the necessary documents for reaccreditation were received by the assessor in time for the initial visit to Lincoln.

Children’s Links Contact Centre – Gainsborough operates out of a family centre building that is funded and maintained by Lincolnshire County Council. The centre has a small carpark, local carparks and transport nearby. The shops are a short walk away.

The family centre building used for supported contact sessions is bright, friendly, clean, tidy, spacious and warm, with good resources for children and adults partaking in contact sessions. An outside play area is available.

Children’s Links has produced leaflets along with excellent information on their website regarding the processes for supported and other types of contact available. The centre has robust systems in place designed to prepare people for using the service and lessening any potential anxiety. Their planning and preparation help people to know what they can expect from the service and what the service will expect from them in return.

Children’s Links provides a professional service that is managed by a well organised and dedicated coordinator. All volunteers are clear of what their role involves. Any recommended actions following the visit are now complete meaning the service meets the standards for supported contact accreditation.

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