About ACRI

The Australian Child restraint Resource Initiative is a member network that specialises in providing individuals and organisations with the optimum level of Child Car Safety Seat training and support.

ACRI is…

    • The largest trainer of professional child restraint providers in Australia.
    • The only training provider that designs and tailors programs to meet specific workplace exposures.
    • The only inclusive service provider network in Australia. We have a comprehensive catalogue of Support materials
    • An affiliate organisation enhancing quality community and customer relationships.

History of ACRI

ACRI was founded in 2005 by a small number of independent passenger safety specialists. Since then establishing a unique and inclusive network that caters for a wide variety of member exposures.

Since inception, an ACRI speciality has been to develop training and support systems that aim at specific frontline use challenges. Programs that are based on constant feedback of what works and doesn’t work at each exposure. We do not provide NFP ‘tick the box’ type training. ACRI pioneered the development of nationally accredited training programs, online audits and risk management support materials.

Our committed ACRI members are beneficiaries of initiatives that are conceived and designed based on decades of frontline client service delivery experience. ACRI has trained thousands of service providers across many industry sectors via face to face group presentations and since 2012 through our online training delivery system as well.

Our Professional accredited members are committed to quality practices in the supply and or operation of child restraint products or services and abide by our code of practice.

(ACRI Code of Practice) 
 (ACRI Mission Statement)

Let’s all travel safely.

If you're looking for an ACRI registered service provider in any sector of community, use our search function through the green panel link on our homepage. Or click here: http://business.acri.com.au/

‘Australian Child Restraint resource Initiative’ is a registered trading name of Delcon P/L, ABN: 73 005 070 655, based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Variations of current Child Car Safety Seat scenarios:

Child transit scenarios are limitless. Every vehicle door or Child Restraint box opened may be different, possibly vastly different to the last one you attended: Each scenario must be dealt with as it arises and the circumstances demand.

Why Face to Face training- assessment is seriously limiting and often misleading:

1. It's impossible to witness more than 3% of Safety Seats and .03% of vehicle situations even over a three day training exposure.

2. Learners who are taught that way quite often believe that what they see or do in a classroom applies to the next exposure they have. That is very unlikely.

3. Time requirements for conducting practical activities during training sessions:

4. Learners must be taught that each case must be dealt with on it's own merits: They can't rely on previous experience alone.

Of any Child Safety Seat product, there are at least four (4) physical ‘hands on’ actions to learn. (Many have more than eight - 8).

Let’s keep it simple at 4. If each action takes 5 minutes (which is conservative) to demonstrate, observe the learner, follow up, review and then possibly correct or retrial the individual. That equals at a minimum, 20 minutes.

If you multiply this by each restraint product variety that you’re likely to find during an average community service checking session, (as an example) there could be 5 different types (again a conservative number). The spent time has now grown to 100 minutes (Yes there are likely to be some cross-over, ie: similar actions, but mind you, any challenging products -Read ‘difficult to use’ and there’s many - will negate any time savings achieved). Multiply this by the number of learners, say six and we’re at 600 minutes (10 hours). At this stage we haven’t even discussed ‘best practices’, ‘principles’ , ‘roads rules’ or anything else that they need to be aware of.  We realise that many learners will pick this up readily, but there are some people  who will never be able to do the physical aspects, no matter how much time is given to it.

Professional service providers who have been doing this work for decades and over hundred of exposures per week have never seen every vehicle scenario, let alone the varieties of safety seats or family requirements as well.

These safety products must be dealt with individually in every case. Assuming that they can be dealt with generically as operating in the same way is likely to contribute to errors. 

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