Children’s Center staff earns national accreditation

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By Dwane Wilder

LAFOLLETTE—Following an extensive application process and subsequent site review, the Campbell County Children’s Center has recently been awarded accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance.

Tracie Davis, chief executive officer for the Campbell County Children’s Center, said the center must go through the process every five years. However, this time it was on a much larger scale.

“It assures we are providing the highest quality services to victims of abuse,” said Davis.

The center was audited six months prior to the application and daylong site review. “Part of our accreditation depends on our relationship with Department of Children’s Services, the District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement and how well they work together as a team. If we don’t pass, we could lose funding. So, failure is not an option.” 

The Campbell County Children’s Center also has satellite offices in Claiborne and Union counties. Last year, the staff reviewed more than 700 cases of alleged sexual and severe physical abuse from those three counties.

The Campbell County Children’s Center was founded in 2001 to provide a haven for sexually and physically abused children. Instead of being interviewed countless times at different locations, a child can tell his or her story to one caring and specifically trained professional in a child-friendly environment where the child knows he or she will be safe. All services are free to clients.

According to Yvette Roszell, event coordinator of the Southern Regional Child Advocacy Center, the Campbell County Children’s Center exceeded expectations concerning the 10 standards put forth by the National Children’s Alliance. The Cultural Competency and Diversity Strategic Plan written by Hazel Orick Gibson will be used to train staff at Child Advocacy Centers in 16 southeastern states and the District of Columbia.

“Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but it also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Davis.

The mission of the Campbell County Children’s Center is to reduce the trauma of child abuse victims and their families by facilitating a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team approach to detection, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse; and the prevention of child abuse in the local communities.