You don’t personally have to be accredited but the centre or organisation where you volunteer/work may wish to become accredited. NACCC’s accreditation for supported child contact centres and enhanced accreditation for supervised child contact centres is considered as a good practice quality mark for child contact centres in the UK.
There is currently not a legal requirement for contact centres to be accredited but Cafcass will only make referrals to centres that have achieved NACCC accreditation. The Courts also recognise the value of NACCC Accreditation and will usually seek to ensure this is in place prior to working with a contact centre.
NACCC is responsible for the accreditation of child contact centres in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. For information on child contact centres in Scotland please contact Relationships Scotland.
For further information on joining NACCC and achieving accreditation status click here.