The unique skill set required to be an effective access parent is essential to maintaining child and family mental health.

Clinically managed access is appropriate for child welfare matters as well as custody and access situations.

Clinically managed access differs from traditional documenting of interaction between parents and children.

Clinically managed improves interaction between parents and children to create permanent plans for children. Families are often involved with child welfare due to a deficit in parenting skills. When caregivers have struggled with the demands of full-time parenting, to be effective access parents without education and training is an unrealistic expectation. Access parenting requires a child-centred approach to the new relationship between parent and child.

Clinically managed access is an approach that assists parents and/or other caregivers to respond to their children in a child-centred manner. These interventions aim to minimize the negative mental health impact or destabilizing effect that access can have on children. In cases of custody and access, clinically managed access supports parents in developing a viable, positive relationship with their children while addressing concerns of risk. It is also appropriate for parents transitioning from a supervised access setting to a non-supervised access plan or for parents where there has been a significant period of time with no contact.