CACs are locations within a community where abused children and their non-offending family members can go following a report of sexual abuse. These local centers provide:
- child forensic interview
- information and education
- referrals to medical exams and mental health support
- ongoing support to the child and family for the life of the case
CACs create a mentally and physically safe environment for children. They also provide a place where the multidisciplinary team (MDT) can convene, so the child does not have to go to see each professional separately. This reduces the chance of additional trauma and the number of interviews or disclosures the child must give, reducing potential evidence collection errors and increasing the chance of successful prosecution.