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After the run of ten supervision contact sessions stated in the Court Order, the staff at the Centre knew they would not be able to refer the Hollings family on for supported contact because of the father’s original offences towards children. So instead it was decided at an early stage to involve the grandparents of the children in the process of rebuilding confidence and contact.

Over the period that contact took place, staff worked not only with the parents and the child but also with other significant adults. In this case this included the paternal grandparents who were trusted by both adults as well as the child.

Eventually the grandparents were invited to sit in and observe some of the contact sessions and gradually they were allowed to control the session under supervision.

Time was also spent with them on their own explaining the difficulties attached to this role as well as the commitment requested.

By the end of the ten months’ supervised sessions, staff felt comfortable enough to agree with the recommendation to the court that the supervised contact should continue at the grandparent’s home under their supervision. All parties, including the child’s mother, agreed and so did the courts.