The Children’s Advocacy Center of Worcester County
Through District Attorney Early’s leadership and commitment to young people who may be the victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Worcester County was fully accredited in October 2014 by National Children’s Alliance.
The accreditation followed an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels 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 excellence in service provision.
The accreditation is evidence that our service delivery meets best practice standards in 10 areas of multi-disciplinary investigations. It shows that we are providing services to children and their families in a culturally sensitive way and that we are responding to allegations of child abuse in a way that is effective, efficient, and puts the needs of child abuse victims first.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Worcester County is a comfortable child-friendly and child-focused place designed to reduce the trauma to young people who may be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse.
The mission of the CAC is to foster collaboration and communication among agencies, including police, prosecutors, child protective services and mental health and medical organizations, to minimize the number of times children are interviewed.
The team works to reduce trauma to children and their families through a comprehensive, coordinated response to child abuse. A multidisciplinary approach is used to investigate, interview and prosecute child abuse cases.
Coordinated advocacy for child victims ensures appropriate and accessible referrals for services within the community. Partner agencies include the Middle District Attorney’s Office, Department of Children and Families, the Child Protection Program at the UMass Children’s Medical Center, 60 local law enforcement agencies, the Child Trauma Training Center and the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.