Contact with a child is how and when a child gets to spend time with a parent or another person who doesn't have day-to-day care of them. It used to be called "access".
Supervised contact is where contact with a child takes place in a safe, controlled place, with someone such as a relative, another person or an organisation. It usually happens when one parent has been violent, either towards the other parent or towards the child. Supervised contact can give a parent the chance to rebuild their relationship with their child. You can choose to use a supervised contact service, or the court might order it.
The court can make an Order about supervised contact:
- if the judge has concerns about a child’s safety – for example, if someone has said the parent has been violent or the court has made a Protection Order against them
- in some situations that don’t involve violence – for example, to reintroduce a parent to a child when they haven’t been in contact for awhile.