Providers contracted by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) must have the capability and capacity to deliver quality social services on an on-going basis.
MSD Approvals assesses organisations, often under legislation, against a set of standards at a level that reflects the type of services they deliver. This means that both MSD and the provider’s clients can be confident in the services that are delivered.
Providers are assessed against the Social Sector Accreditation Standards (SSAS) and additional MSD specific accreditation standards. These standards have recently been reviewed and updated. Find out more information on these changes.
We have also made changes to the way we assess and approve Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes. Find out more information on the OSCAR changes.
Inter-Agency Accreditation reduces duplication and compliance for providers when they are working with government agencies to deliver social services to the community.
Providers are approved to deliver specific services. The type of services that a provider delivers determines the level of compliance required to gain accreditation.
The assessment process will vary depending on the level of compliance required. This could include a site visit or a self-assessment.
A provider must be able to demonstrate compliance with the appropriate accreditation standards.
MSD Approvals is mandated to approve providers for MSD. Also providers may need to comply with different legislation as part of the accreditation process.
The MSD Approvals team are located around the country in five regional teams and a national office team.