Providing assurance that social service providers can deliver quality services to New Zealanders.
Accreditation provides assurance that organisations can safely deliver social services to their community.
It's like a Warrant of Fitness (WoF) check for social service providers. Being accredited shows that your organisation has strong and safe business practices.
There are a range of government agencies that need organisations to be accredited for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is to receive funding or a contract.
You have to meet certain criteria to get accreditation. If you're an OSCAR programme, there are extra criteria you need to meet.
Before you can apply you will need to complete an eligibility check.
There are different levels of accreditation. When you apply for accreditation, what level you have to meet depends on the services you're funded to provide.
Once you apply, we'll check whether your organisation meets the accreditation standards. To do this, one of our assessors will perform an accreditation assessment on how your organisation operates.
Accreditation assessments are a close look at your organisation. They consider the capability of the organisation and the processes for the services it delivers. This is to ensure your community receive safe, quality services.
Here are some of the aspects of your operations we'll look at:
Your organisation must provide copies of its policies and procedures. You also need to provide evidence to show your organisation meets the accreditation standards. Evidence could include documents or interviews. You could also show how you operate during a site visit.
Once you're accredited, your organisation will be assessed regularly to make sure you continue to meet the standards.
Accreditation can be removed from an organisation at any time.
Organisations that must be accredited do not need to pay for our accreditation services. This is funded by the government agencies that use us for accreditation.