Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

NI News

Guidance on maintaining contact between parents and children during Covid-19 highlighted

1 Mins read
Coronavirus
BT Coleraine

The Ministers of Health and Justice have today highlighted guidance on contact between parents and children during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Minister of Health, Robin Swann said: “The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has created an environment unfamiliar to us all. I understand this health emergency will be causing great concern for parents, particularly where their children would normally move between households or where contact is supported by social workers or contact centres.

“The key consideration at this difficult time must of course be the health and well-being of children and it is important that they continue to spend time with both parents in line with contact orders, unless doing so would put the child or others at risk.

“The mandatory stay at home direction does not apply to children moving between households. Parents can continue to share care of their children but every family is different and I would encourage parents to work together to assess their particular circumstances. Parents should consider the child’s health, the risk of infection and the presence of any vulnerable individuals in homes children may be visiting.”

Where parents are concerned that maintaining face to face contact would place the child or others at risk they can agree temporary changes without going back to court. Changes should be in keeping with the spirit of existing court orders and may include contact taking place remotely by telephone or using online tools.

Online tools will be particularly useful where contact is usually supervised and social workers will be liaising with families to help them maintain contact with children remotely during the time that direct contact is suspended.

Minister of Justice Naomi Long said: “I understand that some parents will be concerned about how changes made to contact arrangements will impact on them and their children. I hope that, as set out in the guidance issued by the Lord Chief Justice, they are reassured that the court will consider the reasonableness of actions taken when considering future orders, and that parents may be able to make up time missed with their children.”

11376 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Articles
Related posts
NI News

Dodds confirms extension of Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppEconomy Minister Diane Dodds today confirmed that the terms of the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS) have been extended. The closing…
NI News

Minister provides update on planned Covid-19 vaccination programme

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppPreparations are well under way to begin the roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccination programme from next month, Health Minister Robin Swann has…
NI News

Mallon welcomes completion of work at North-West Transport Hub

4 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppInfrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has welcomed the completion of works at the North-West Transport Hub in Derry during a visit to the…