The College of Law in Chester has launched a pioneering service to help family members struggling to maintain contact with children during family breakdowns.
The service, called Contact 4 Kids, helps by providing free information and legal advice, alleviating the fear of legal procedures and, when necessary, supporting people through the court process.
It is open to parents having difficulty in establishing or maintaining contact with their children, as well as grandparents, same sex couples, civil partners and legal guardians.
It is part of The College of Law’s award-winning pro bono work, which provides legal advice to members of the local community, who may otherwise be unable to afford it. It also enables students to gain practical experience of legal work under the careful supervision of qualified solicitors.
Heather Smith, Director of Pro Bono at the Chester centre based in Christleton, said: “We believe all children have the right to family contact in the event of family breakdown. Our aim is to help redress the present inadequacy of publicly funded services by offering a free and fast contact service to everybody regardless of financial circumstances, sexual orientation, race, gender or political and religious beliefs.
Heather Smith, Director of Pro Bono at the Chester College of Law and founder of Contact 4 Kids
“Children are often caught up in the emotional, stressful turmoil of a family breakdown. The need for maintaining relationships and the rights of the child to have contact can often be overlooked.”
Contact 4 Kids is aimed at the local community in the Chester and wider North West region. For more information visit Contact 4 Kids.