Open Hearts Child Advocacy Centre provides a child-friendly, safe and neutral
location in which law enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators may
conduct and observe forensic interviews with children who are alleged victims of
crimes, and where the child and non-offending family members receive support,
crisis intervention and referrals for mental health and medical treatment.
Child advocacy centers (CACs) are community-based, child-friendly, multidisciplinary
services for children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse.
CACs bring together, often in one location, child protective services investigators,
law enforcement, prosecutors, and medical and mental health Professionals to provide
a coordinated, comprehensive response to victims and their caregivers.
We provide the leading practice in addressing the mental health needs of children who
have experienced sexual abuse, while ensuring a co-ordinated investigation and prosecution
of cases in a manner which serves the developmental & emotional needs of children.
Open Hearts Multi-Disciplinary Team include Doctor, psychotherapist, lawyers, forensic
interviewers and volunteers, interface with the Police, Ministry of Justice, the Ministry
of Youths and Social Development, Mental Health and Medical Professionals and enable a
multi-disciplinary approach to attending to cases of child sexual abuse.