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.
ACCSA is not resourced to undertake accreditation of services, provide a regulatory framework nor receive complaints about the CCS sector.
Only 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 self-regulate according to the ACCSA Standards (2008) and the ACCSA Code of Ethics (2009).
Privately owned and operated Children’s Contact Services are not currently eligible for ACCSA membership.
ACCSA provides information to the general community and acts as a network for the CCS sector.
The Association’s current activities include lobbying for the regulation of both funded and privately operated CCSs, the facilitation of national conferences and training forums and the upkeep of a comprehensive, information based website.
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 via the publication of an article in the Australian Institute of Family Studies newsletter.
Click here to read the article “Children’s Contact Services: ACCSA Seeks Regulation”
ACCSA MEMBERSHIP AND ASSOCIATION SUPPORTERS
ACCSA Membership is currently available to services funded by the Attorney General’s Department under the Family Relationships Services Program – these services are bound by specific conditions of operation and administrative processes that includes a defined and compulsory complaints process that renders each service accountable and subject to sanctions. ACCSA Member Services have access to the resources available in the Association’s password protected website area and voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.
ACCSA Supporter 2018 is available to individuals who agree with the Association’s campaign for the introduction of a national accreditation system that makes all Children’s Contact Services in Australia as accountable as funded services currently are. ACCSA Supporters also help resource the CCS Online Directory and other website information that is made available to those working in the Family Law sector and others in the general community. ACCSA Supporters have access to the resources and information available in the Association’s password protected area and, for those working in privately operated CCSs, the opportunity to participate in quarterly, facilitated, practice based national teleconferences.
Click here to join ACCSA as either a CCS Service Member 2018 (for government funded CCSs) or as an ACCSA Supporter 2018.
CCS Online Directory (Template Link)
The Attorney-General’s Department has provided a grant to the Australian Children’s Contact Services Association (ACCSA) to develop an Online Children’s Contact Service Information Directory.
The purpose of the Directory is to provide for more informed and safer decisions to be made about utilising a particular Children’s Contact Service, in order to facilitate contact between a parent and their child/ren.
NOTE: ONLY SERVICES FUNDED BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE ACCSA MEMBERS. BEING LISTED IN THE ONLINE DIRECTORY DOES NOT EQUATE TO ACCSA MEMBERSHIP, OVERSIGHT OR ACCREDITATION.
A copy of the template can be downloaded by CCS providers by clicking on this link.
ACCSA NATIONAL FORUM 2017
The ACCSA National Training & Networking Forum has been completed, with practitioners from all over Australia gathering to share effective practice.
Topics and presentations for The Forum included Clients Who Use Ice, Grooming & Child Safety, Working With Men Who Use Violence In Their Relationship, Developing A Full Fee Paying CCS and The Application Of The CCS Guiding Principles For Privately Operated CCSs.
Forum Powerpoints and photo galleries will be available to ACCSA Members and Supporters in the Member’s Area of this website soon.
ACCSA’S RESOURCE SHEETS
The Australian Children’s Contact Services Association has produced a CCS FACTS SHEET and a CCS REFERRERS CHECKLIST for those referring to or needing to use a Children’s Contact Service. Just click on the link below to download a copy of each:
ACCSA INFORMATION VIDEO
ACCSA’s information video “5 Steps To Contact” is a must for anyone who will be using a Children’s Contact Service.
This video walks a family member through the necessary steps involved prior to the first contact visit taking place and assists in the understanding of how CCSs operate.
Click here to view “5 Steps To Contact”.