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Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Centers Receive National Accreditation PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 03:03

Safe Horizon’s Child Advocacy Centers in Manhattan and Staten Island have been awarded accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.  As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various level of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.  Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes the excellence in service provision.

Safe Horizon has been operating Child Advocacy Centers in New York City for over twenty years.  In addition to Staten Island and Manhattan, it operates accredited CACs in Brooklyn and Queens.  All four of Safe Horizon’s CACs are now accredited nationally and within New York State.  In 1996, its Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center became the first CAC in the country to be full co-located, at which law enforcement, prosecution, child protective, medical, victim advocacy and mental health services were all made available under one-roof, in a child-friendly location.  As an Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance, Safe Horizon is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with ten national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims.  National Children’s Alliance updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence-based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention.  According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment.  National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“I am delighted that the dedication, leadership and professionalism of our Manhattan and Staten Island CAC staff have been recognized with accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon.  “For two decades, Safe Horizon has been committed to helping child abuse victims and their families cope with the trauma they’ve endured.  Accreditation not only validates our organization’s approach to this, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole.”

“Safe Horizon is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse.  As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.



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