The ‘Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill’ is progressing through the House of Lords and has its second reading on Friday 3rd February 2017.
The Bill has been brought to the House by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and if it receives Royal Assent there would be a legal requirement for all child contact centres in England to be accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres. NACCC has been aware for some time that there are child contact centres operating outside of any accreditation or external audit. Children using these unchecked services could potentially be at risk and therefore NACCC is campaigning to make the accreditation of child contact centres a legal requirement.
The Bill includes amendments to the Children Act 2004 and the Children Act 1989 (activity directions) and would culminate in the Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Act 2016. NACCC’s #lostparents campaign profile event supporting this Bill took place last year with the intention of raising awareness and generating sustainable funding for NACCC.
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Watch the reading live on Parliament TV on Friday 3/2/17