Venue details

Address (not for correspondence):
Torridge Children's Centre, Victoria Park, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ

Opening hours

Days & Times: From April 2024 open fortnightly Saturday 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Sunday 10am to noon

Centre charges

Free of charge

Services available here

Supported contact


Accepts self referrals


Not For Profit

To make a referral,

Address: 14 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QE

Alternative: 07530 605681




Alternative: 07530 605681



Tarka Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly, and neutral place, where children of separated families can spend time with their absent parent, and sometimes other family members and siblings also. The Centre offers Supported contact. It is easily accessible, in pleasant surroundings, with safe play facilities, and friendly trained staff and volunteers. TCCC also offers a handover facility, for those parents who do not wish to meet. We offer supported contact with a view to progressing towards independent contact.

Notes from this centre

Waiting list now in place

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: 26/02/2024


Tarka Child Contact Centre is a long standing and well-established contact centre which is run from a children’s centre in Bideford, Devon. There are good transport links, and the centre has its own carpark. The centre is next to a large park which makes it a wonderful place for community contact/handovers.

The toys and resources, furniture and furnishings are child friendly, and purpose built for children. The centre is well equipped inside and has a lovely space outside which is well maintained, safe and well equipped with resources.

The centre has a detailed, bright, and inviting website and leaflets with a range of information included on these for the children and 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 co-ordinator and the volunteers were incredibly welcoming and supportive to parents and most importantly the children who were visiting. Any recommended actions following the visit are now complete meaning the service meets the standards for supported contact accreditation.

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