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Accreditation Standards

Accreditation Standards

Multidisciplinary Team

A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following:

  1. Law Enforcement
  2. Child Protective Services
  3. Prosecution
  4. Medical
  5. Mental Health
  6. Victim Advocacy
  7. Children’s Advocacy Center

Cultural Competency and Diversity 

  • The Children’s Advocacy Center provides culturally competent services for all CAC clients throughout the duration of the case.

Forensic Interviews

  • Forensic Interview are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing and are conducted in a manner that is legally sound and of a neutral, fact finding nature.

Victim Support and Advocacy

  • Victim support and advocacy services are provided to all CAC clients and their caregivers as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.

Medical Evaluation

  • Specialized medical evaluation and treatment services are available to all CAC clients and are coordinated as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.

Mental Health

  • Evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health services, designed to meet the unique needs of the children and caregivers, are consistently available as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.

Case Review

  • A formal process in which multidisciplinary discussion and information sharing regarding the investigation, case status and services needed by the child and family must occur on a routine basis.

Case Tracking

  • Children’s Advocacy Centers must develop and implement a system for monitoring case progress and tracking case outcomes for all Multidisciplinary Team components.

Organizational Capacity

  • A designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established and implements basic sound administrative policies and procedures.

Child-Focused Setting

  • The child-focused setting is comfortable, private and both physically and psychologically safe for diverse populations of children and their family members.
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The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

CACSD is a network of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) 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 first.

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What can you do?

Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family – it may even save a child’s life. Learn more about reporting child abuse here.