Court Children's Service

The Court Children’s Service has a legal responsibility to assist the Family Courts in making decisions about the care and contact arrangements for children when separating parents are unable to come to an agreement. This service only accepts referrals from the Courts and works to the direction of the presiding Judge in the matters in question.

The Courts Children’s Officers role is to represent the voice of the child/children in the court proceedings. They will advise the court on matters that impact upon the children and make recommendations as to what may be in the child’s best interests.

The CCO in engaging with the relevant parties in conflict resolution work will attempt to reach a parenting agreement that has the best interests of the children at the centre. Where appropriate arrangements are agreed this will be presented to the Court for its consideration.

Contact Details
With the exception of public holidays the Court Children’s Service operates from 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays.

The Trust’s Court Children’s Services is located in:

Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre
120 Cushendall Road
BT43 6HB

The administrators contact number is 028 2766 1468

Due to the planned nature of court business, the CSS does not operate a duty system.  In the event that no one is available to take a call there is a facility to leave a message which will be retrieved and responded to.

The cjsm mail address is:  
(This e mail can only be used by professionals who have a cjsm account)

A number of leaflets are available which give more information on the role of the Court Children's Officer:
The Court Children's Officer - Information for Young People
The Court Children's Officer - Information for Adults
Court Children's Officer - Here to help you and your family (for children aged 4-8 years)
Court Children's Officer - Here to help you and your family (for children aged 9-12 years)

Page last updated:29 May 2019