Access

When parents separate or when children are in-care, access visits with children may be a problem or there may be concerns about access visits. The supervised access programme offers separated families a way to deal with some of these problems. Contact needs to be supervised particularly when there is a perceived or potential risk to the child.

The supervised access service at bessborough is an internationally accredited service having gained NACCC accreditation in 2014. It is a highly utilised service providing a state-of-the-art child contact centre supporting children to have contact with their parents, siblings & other family members. Visits are very discreet and private while professionally directed supervision and observations are conducted and confidential reports provided.

Referrals

This programme facilitates private access arrangements organised by solicitors/family members as well as referrals from the Child Protection Services.

Referrals are based on different needs & circumstances, including children who are:

  • Residing with one family member but require access supervision with the non-resident parent or another relative.
  • Placed in statutory care for a limited time or until they reach 18 years.
  • Placed in voluntary care within the Child and Family Services.
  • Require assessment of access with one or both parents as part of an overall social work assessment or under the direction of the court where a Section 20 report has been requested under the Child Care Act 1991.
  • Introduced to a biological parent previously unknown to them.
For more information please contact the Denis Robinson: drobinson@bessborough.ie