Venue details

Supervised contact provided in the community. The service might use local community venues or outdoor facilities to deliver their service. In some cases, residential properties might be used including family members’ homes, where this is safe and appropriate.

Address (not for correspondence):
SANDS Centre, Peterborough Road, Fulham, London, SW6 3EZ

Opening hours

Days & Times: Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm (out of hours services available on request)

Centre charges

£95 referral fee. Further details available on request

Services available here

Supervised - community based

Supported contact

Handover

Supervised contact assessment

Indirect

Escorted contact

Life story identity contact

Accepts self referrals

Enhanced Accredited

Virtual Contact (Supported)

Virtual Contact (Supervised)

To make a referral,
contact:

Telephone: 0203 984 8628

Email: admin@familiescontact.co.uk

Contact

Website: www.familiescontact.co.uk

Telephone: 0203 984 8628

Email: admin@familiescontact.co.uk

Description

Families Contact was established to promote and support positive contact between children and their families. We deliver high quality child focused services to families who are separating or who are experiencing difficulties. We are a team of Social Workers and Contact Supervisors who are experienced and offer a sensitive approach to the concept of contact. The service we provide aims to do this in the community and other suitable venues.

Local services

SANDS Centre Peterborough Road Fulham SW6 3EZ Families Contact provides Community Contact and Contact in Centre's in and around London.

Notes from this centre

Referrals can be made via website. Families Contact provides community contact and contact in centres in and around London.

This centre is accredited to provide supervised 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 centre’s 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. If your family time happens in the community The service might use local community venues to deliver their service or in some cases, residential properties including family members’ homes, where this is safe and appropriate., then the assessor will check that this is going to be safe for you.

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: 04/05/2022

Summary:

Families Contact Services will be specialising in facilitating supervised quality time (contact), between children and their families in their local communities. They are a floating service (contact not linked to a specific building) managed by three qualified health and social workers with plenty of experience. The service will aim to provide supervised contact in London and surrounding areas. The Director and their team have spent some considerable time looking at facilities that can be used to facilitate contact services along with a comprehensive risk assessment plan to ensure that all buildings used are safe and appropriate. The service will be mainly available at the weekends, after school provision and occasionally during the week if contact supervisors are available.

The assessment took place via video call.

All premises that will be used for the floating service will be visited prior to sessions to ensure premises are safe, clean, well ventilated and appropriate with good emergency signage. Families will either bring their own toys to the relevant setting or the staff will check out the equipment at the setting chosen is clean and safe for the families to use prior to the session commencing. All team members will note where first aid boxes are located in various venues along with taking with them a portable first aid kit that can be used if required. The service will provide if required an interpreter for families, but the charge will be met either by family or referrer. The service will be working closely with the families to assess various venues to ensure disability access (if required) is appropriate and in case of an emergency where exits are located.

The service has an active website where referral forms, guidelines and necessary documents can be downloaded. Clients will need to email or call the service direct to find out the cost of contact sessions although all clients are informed on website there is a £95 charge for a referral to the service.  The service has in place a detailed contact plan which will be completed remotely with each client, signed with an electronic signature. A completed copy will then be sent to each client. All contact agreement/pre visit meetings will take place via video call remotely where families will be informed of the processes and services they will be getting and by whom. All forms state, clear responsibilities of the staff and other workers involved with the family. Families will be given feedback as to how the session went and if the child/ren’s needs and wishes are addressed.

At the time of the report the staff team at Families Contact Services will not be conducting home visits. The service’s main focus will be contact in the community. If the service later extends to home visits, risk assessments will be completed prior to any contact in the home environment. Children will be bought to the pre-arranged setting by the resident or the contact service if facilitating a contact session for the local borough. Additional charges will be added for escorting children. In other circumstances children will be brought to the venue chosen by their foster carer or use the allocated taxi firm registered with the local social services borough.

The staff team are a diverse group that reflects the local communities in the areas they will be operating the floating contact service. They have a wide variety of experience working in the social care environment with an extensive knowledge of child protection and safeguarding. They will specialise in supervised contact and have previous experience of facilitating contact supervision in challenging circumstances. The team have expertise to work with high-risk families and conflicting parental issues. A team member will always be available during the community contact sessions to assist with contacting families and emergency services if need be.

Any recommended actions following the visit are now complete meaning the service meets the standards for enhanced (supervised) accreditation.

 

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