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ABOUT CHILDREN’S CONTACT SERVICES

Government funded Children’s Contact Services (CCSs) provide safe, neutral and child-focused venues for supervised visits and changeovers to occur between children and their parents and other significant persons in the child’s life. These CCSs aim to minimise a child’s exposure to conflict or unsafe situations when parents are separating or have separated. Funded CCSs are accountable to the Attorney General’s department and are currently the only services eligible to be ACCSA members.

Funded CCSs also work with families to encourage positive interaction between children and their parents and to support the strengthening of these relationships. Over time, and where possible and safe to do so, parents are encouraged to move to self-management of their arrangements for spending time with the child.

Funded CCSs are located throughout each State and Territory in Australia.

Full fee paying CCSs are operated by established non-government organisations that also provide a range of other human services. They are subject to no government oversight. They are not eligible to become ACCSA members.

Privately operated CCSs are businesses that function under no government oversight. They are not eligible to become ACCSA members.

ACCSA advocates for a national accreditation system that requires all CCSs meet the requirements of funded services – i.e. adherence to both administrative guidelines and the national practice framework. This would also enable all services to be eligible for ACCSA membership.

 

ABOUT ACCSA LIFE MEMBERS

ACCSA Life Membership is awarded for exceptional and significant contribution to ACCSA and to the ongoing furthering of the aims of the Association and/or to all or any of the Statement of Purposes.

ACCSA Life Members are

Barbara Hanson

Judy Harrison

Jenny Kell

Gillian Mason-Johnson

Judith Pierce

Melanie Ryan

Sue Thompson

Terry Quinn

Lisa Whittaker