A Child Contact Order enforces the person caring for a child to allow contact with someone else, commonly parents and family members. The Court will consider whether the child should have regular content to enable a continued relationship and will consider factors like past contact in their ruling.
Child Contact Orders can only be applied to children under 16 years old, and are intended to help parents, step-parents, those with Parental Responsibility and grandparents maintain contact.
A Child Contact Order can govern direct and indirect contact, which includes everything from emails and letters to face-to-face meetings. However, court actions should be a last resort, and PHRPL also offer mediation services which can help to resolve sensitive matters like this with less formality, conflict and expense.