Venue details

Address (not for correspondence):
Ark-T Centre, John Bunyan Baptist Church, Crowell Road, Cowley, Oxfordshire, OX4 3LN

Opening hours

Days & Times: 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month 2pm to 4pm

Centre charges

No charge for service

Services available here

Supported contact




Telephone: 07852 357933


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: 25/10/2023


Cowley Child Contact Centre has been in operation for more than 14 years. The centre operates from The Ark T Centre in Cowley which is situated by a multi storey carpark next to a shopping complex. There are no parking facilities on the premises but the multi storey carpark next to the building is affordable. The centre has transport links with buses stopping by the shopping complex and rail stations a few miles away. A small park is nearby that families can use if they are having time in the community but there are no recreational activities for children as such.

The building was easily accessible, spacious and clean. The centre has a good selection of toys available during the contact sessions but families are encouraged to bring toys so the children have something familiar to play with.

The centre has leaflets available with a range of information included on these for the families who may use the centre. This information helps them to anticipate everything from making a referral to the appropriate steps to take if they are unhappy or feel unsafe.

The management and volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and were very organised on the day of the visit. Any recommended actions following the visit are now complete meaning the service meets the standards for supported contact accreditation.

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