Sevenoaks Child Contact Centre first opened in 2009 by a member of the Churches Together Sevenoaks Group. The Centre was opened to cover increasing awareness of Child Contact in the local area and aims to support children and families through the difficult contact process.
The Centre is large with two rooms and an outdoor area, providing contact twice a month for up to two hours. The Centre is managed by the Churches Together Groups Sevenoaks Group. The Centre is located just outside of the main town, around ten minutes from the nearest train station and a brief walk from the nearest bus stop.
The Centre currently doesn’t have paid staff. There are currently 14 volunteers connected with the service and each have served varying amounts of time, the minimum being one year whilst some have served since the Centre opened in 2009.
All volunteers have up to date DBS checks. These are implemented prior to volunteers being allowed to start their role, however in the meantime they are invited to meet with other volunteers to get to know their role. They are also able to observe a session for around 30 minutes (with the supervision of other volunteers). A matrix has been seen that evidence this.
Each file observed shows that a job description is in place for each volunteer as well as application forms, references, supervision, support and training logs.
On the accreditation visit each volunteer was observed to be wearing identity badges, allowing children and families to know whom is there to support them and provide a service.
The vast number of referrals come from solicitors or self-referrals; however, the service is also part of the Safer Referrals System. The service currently supports 6 families however can manage a maximum of 8 dependent on the number of children in attendance at any one time.
Currently the Centre does not have a waiting list in place whereas they have previously. Referrals are currently in decline however the Centre is unsure of why this is.
SCCC offers two hours of contact on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 2pm to 4pm. 2 – 4.