CAC REACCREDITATION STANDARDS

Standard 1: Multidisciplinary Team

A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following: law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, medical, victim advocacy and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Standard 2: Cultural Competency and Diversity

Culturally competent services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and coordinated with the Multidisciplinary Team Response.

Standard 3: Forensic Interviews

Forensic Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a neutral, fact finding nature, and are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing.

Standard 4: Victim Support and Advocacy

Victim support and advocacy services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and their non-offending family members as part of the multidisciplinary team response.

Standard 5: Medical Evaluation

Specialized medical evaluation and treatment services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and coordinated with the Multidisciplinary Team response.

Standard 6: Mental Health

Specialized trauma-focused mental health services, designed to meet the unique needs of the children and non-offending family members, are routinely made available as part of the multi-disciplinary team response.

Standard 7: Case Review

A formal process in which multidisciplinary discussion and information sharing regarding the investigation, case status and services needed by the child and family is to occur on a routine basis.

Standard 8: Case Tracking

Children’s Advocacy Centers must develop and implement a system for monitoring case progress and tracking case outcomes for all MDT components.

Standard 9: Organizational Capacity

A designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established and implements basic sound administrative policies and procedures.

Standard 10: Child-Focused Setting

The child-focused setting is comfortable, private, and both physically and psychologically safe for diverse populations of children and their non-offending family members.