Below are two examples of families that have used Creative Contact on Skype, supervised by NYAS.
Creative Contact provides an accessible form of interaction and relationship building between children and relatives, where face to face contact is not possible.
For the purposes of privacy, all personal details in the case studies below have been anonymised.
This involved two children aged between 5 and 10 having contact with their father .
NYAS responded promptly to minimise disruption to the children as far as practicably possible, and preparation for virtual contact sessions supervised on Skype began in the weeks after lockdown. Preparation was positive for all involved, and the children progressed to having supervised contact on Skype with their father.
The case went back to court after this and the family transitioned to unsupervised contact. The family now no longer require further support or intervention from NYAS Contact Services.
This involved one child aged between 5 and 10 having contact with her father.
NYAS undertook intensive face to face child preparation sessions and supervised contact sessions so that the child could rebuild a relationship with her father. Face to face supervised contact sessions were taking place until the coronavirus pandemic occurred and NYAS contact centres had to close for safety reasons as a result of the lockdown.
NYAS remained committed to minimising disruption for the child, and preparation for virtual contact supervised on Skype began in the weeks following the lockdown. All preparation went well and progressed to virtual supervised contact sessions on Skype for contact between the child and her father.
The matter went back to court and the family are working together as parents for their child. The child continues to have contact with her father on FaceTime (arranged by the parents privately) during the coronavirus lockdown.