College of Law pro bono unit helps broken families

Scores of children will remain in contact with their relatives in light of a family breakdown thanks to a pioneering new pro bono service launched by the College of Law.

The colleges Chester branch has set up a new service called Contact 4 Kids to provide free information and legal advice for parents having problems maintaining contact with their children after having family difficulties.

Director of pro bono at the centre Heather Smith said the scheme has been set up to redress the present inadequacy of publicly funded services in the area.

Children are often caught up in the emotional, stressful turmoil of a family breakdown. The need for maintaining relationships and the rights of the child to have contact can often be overlooked, she said.

The service will also be open to other family members such as grandparents, as well as same sex couples, civil partners and legal guardians.