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The impact of divorce and separation on children is a hugely important issue. For many families facing very challenging and difficult situations, the ability to facilitate arrangements for children to see another parent at a contact centre can be crucial.
It is very worrying to see the closure of a such a high number of child contact centres, as in many cases, they provide an absolutely essential service which ensures that young people are able to remain in contact with a parent in the event of a separation.
Sadly, the closures which have been seen can be linked directly to the decisions made in relation to legal aid in family law, with the centres often being reliant on referrals from law firms. It is vital that work continues to ensure that education about the services available to those facing the difficulty of divorce improves, so that people fully understand what support and resources they have at their disposal and are signposted to those services appropriately. More awareness is much needed.'
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