Safe Horizonís Child Advocacy Centers Receive National Accreditation from National Childrenís Alliance

Posted on: Friday, February 3, 2012

Keywords: Safe Horizon, child abuse, Child Advocacy Center, National Children's Alliance, accreditation, New York Nonprofit Press

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NEW YORK, NY - February 2, 2012 - 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.

Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, with 57 locations serving more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Since 1978, Safe Horizon has provided victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support. By partnering with governmental and other community agencies, Safe Horizon also offers resources for those living outside New York City.

For more information on Safe Horizon and its services, please visit www.safehorizon.org

National Children’s Alliance is a national association dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient and put the needs of child victims of abuse first.  As the accrediting body for the over 700 Child Advocacy Centers around the country, National Children’s Alliance provides training, financial support, technical assistance, leadership, national advocacy and access to current research findings on a national level to children’s advocacy centers around the country as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals.  As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliances is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Visit their website at www.nationalchildrensalliance.org



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