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ACCSA is a non-profit Association that promotes both the analysis of and the professionalisation of the Children’s Contact Services sector in Australia.

The Association is voluntary and independent.

Federally funded Children’s Contact Services that operate under government oversight  are eligible for membership of ACCSA. Government funded services are required to operate according to the Children’s Contact Services Guiding Principles Framework for Good Practice (2014) as a part of their funding agreement. Member services also agree to operate according to the ACCSA Standards (2008) and the ACCSA Code of Ethics (2009).

The Association’s current activities include lobbying for the regulation and accrediation of both funded, full fee paying and privately operated CCSs, development and provision of CCS specific training,  the facilitation of national conferences and the upkeep of a comprehensive, information based website for members and subscribers.

Privately Operated Children’s Contact Services and NGO Full Fee Paying CCS, both of which  function under no government oversight, are not currently eligible for full ACCSA membership – ACCSA is currently reviewing its Rules of Association to determine ways of creating equal, non-standards based affiliation for all CCSs in Australia ( see ACCSA Membership/Affiliation 2020 below).

ACCSA  TRAINING & NETWORKING FORUM 2019

CCS practitioners from around the nation recently met in Glenelg, South Australia, to develop skills and share effective practice.

A significant amount of constructive feedback was collated to help inform the ACCSA Board on future directions for the association. A big thank you to all participants.

Forum Powerpoints have been uploaded in the login area of this site under “ACCSA Forum Documents” for reference and use at CCS team meetings. There are an extensive range of resources to be found here.

A collection of happy snaps will also be posted in the “Photo Gallery” link in the coming days.

ACCSA MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATION 2020

The ACCSA Board is currently responding to sector feedback by reviewing the Rules of Association to enable all CCSs (funded, privately operated and full fee paying) to become affiliated on an equal basis. Any amendments to the Rules to enable such a change will be contingent upon services affiliating subject to:

 * recognition that ACCSA affiliation provides no verification or proof of practice standards and

  * support for the establishment of a National CCS Accreditation system as per Recommendation 54 of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System

  Proposed changes to the ACCSA Rules of Association will be voted upon by current members at a Special General Meeting in early 2020.

All CCSs in Australia will be advised of the outcome and affiliation options shortly after this process has been completed.

ACCSA’S REGULATION CAMPAIGN

The Australian Children’s Contact Services Association’s “CCS Regulation Campaign” sees the assurance of a better quality and more uniform practice being achieved through two major steps:

Step A – The development, implementation and maintenance of a  CCS Accreditation System that is based upon the operational standards articulated in The Children’s Contact Services Guiding Principles Framework for Good Practice (2014)

Step B – The implementation of regulation that requires the Courts and others, such as Family Dispute Resolution practitioners, to only order or refer families to accredited CCSs

ACCSA has advocated the need for the regulation of all Children’s Contact Services for a number of years and it’s campaign has now been endorsed via Recommendation 54 of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System, which calls for the establishment of a national accreditation system for CCSs and for it to be an offence to provide service without being accredited – this mirrors the submissions made to the Review by ACCSA.

The following articles illustrate  parts of the association’s campaign over the past 8 years :

Click here to read the article “Children’s Contact Services: ACCSA Seeks Regulation”

Click here to read ABC News article circa April 2019.