Child Advocacy Center: National Accreditation

We can hardly believe it has been nearly five years since the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County Tennessee was nationally accredited!  In preparation of the reaccreditation process, the Child Advocacy Center Executive Director, Margaret Durgin, has just returned from Accreditation Boot Camp in Huntsville AL. 

What is National Accreditation and what does it mean to Child Advocacy Centers?  National Accreditation is provided by the National Children’s Alliance.  To become accredited, a CAC must meet specific standards for the following:

Multidisciplinary Team

Cultural Competency and Diversity

Forensic Interviews

Victim Support and Advocacy

Medical Evaluation

Mental Health

Case Review

Case Tracking

Organizational Capacity

Child-Focused Setting

Why is accreditation important? Meeting these standards ensures that the services delivered by Child Advocacy Centers across the country are consistent, effective and efficient and provided in a way which best serves child abuse victims.  As the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County goes through the reaccreditation process, we will share information on the standards in future blog posts.

How does the National Children’s Alliance assist Child Advocacy Centers and their multidisciplinary teams?  The NCA provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children’s and child advocacy centers, and their multidisciplinary team members, to respond appropriately and effectively to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect.  The primary goal of all National Children’s Alliance Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) is to make sure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the system designed to protect them.

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