Consultancy

LimeCulture offers bespoke consultancy at a reasonable rate to a range of organisations including, Police and Crime Commissioners, Local Authorities, NHS organisations, Government Departments, Universities and Higher Education Institutions, private and public organisations and local service providers who want to improve the response to victims of sexual violence.

Through a range of tailor-made consultancy services, we can work with you to deliver the required project or services that you want and need. If you would like to discuss your requirements in further detail, please contact us or email info@limeculture.co.uk

Service Improvement

LimeCulture believes that all victims of sexual violence should have access to a network of high-quality support services that can meet their individual needs.

Therefore, it is important that these services are properly funded and commissioned, robustly managed and monitored, and staffed by properly trained professionals.

The effective development and design of a service is vital in order to make sure it is fit for purpose, provides high-quality victim-focused care that is safe, and offering value for money for those who fund or pay for the service.

LimeCulture has extensive experience of working with those responsible for developing and designing services, commissioners and providers alike. We have created a range of support packages available to support the development and design of innovative, world-class sexual violence services.

Service Review

An independent service review is an excellent way of understanding whether a service is fit for purpose, meets the needs of the people who use that services, and provides value for money. It is also a great way of obtaining an independent view as to the quality of the service that is being provided.

An independent service review will have many benefits. Ultimately, it should help the service to better meet the needs of the people who need that services, but it also provides an opportunity to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness and quality of the service that is provided
  • Gather information to strengthen the provision of the service
  • Provide an insight into current service provision, which can be used to monitor and measure the progress of changes that are implemented
  • Help identify any barriers to effective service provision, facilitating how better access to the service could be improved
  • Stimulate a more responsive service by involving staff, partners and stakeholders
  • Support current and future commissioners and funders in their understanding of the service that is provided/required.

LimeCulture has considerable experience in undertaking independent service reviews, and through our unique skills and expertise relating to the range of services that are required by victims of sexual violence. As leaders in the field of sexual violence, we are able to provide credible and respected independent findings about the effectiveness and quality of a service, based on our professional judgment, coupled with the views of key staff, partners and stakeholders.

Needs Assessment

Conducting a needs assessment of the local population can lead to a better shared understanding among relevant agencies of the appropriate local service response for victims of sexual violence.

The evidence and impetus created through a needs assessment will provide partners with the local understanding to implement effective service development or redesign that meets the needs of the people who use the service.

LimeCulture has considerable experience in undertaking needs assessments relating to sexual violence, and through our unique skills and expertise relating to the whole spectrum of sexual violence, we are able to identify key strengths and good practice in the way services are delivered for victims, any gaps in current provision and the interface between agencies and the services they provide. Based on the findings of the needs assessment, we will make key practical recommendations for improvement.

Facilitated Away Days

Facilitated Away Days and Events are an excellent method of addressing current issues, developing strategy and improving the performance of individuals, teams and services.  A different environment, no interruptions and a skilled facilitator are great ways of helping your team or key partners to come together and focus on specific issues or themes.

LimeCulture has experience of designing and successfully facilitating Away Days and Events for a range of teams, services and stakeholders. Each of our Away Days and Events are designed to ensure that the whole team is involved and that every individual is able to contribute in a relaxed environment. The design of our Away Days and Events are focused enough to ensure all key outcomes are achieved while being flexible to respond to issues as they arise.

The presence of a LimeCulture facilitator, briefed by the team leader or service manager, will ensure that time is well spent and all individuals are able to participate fully.

Please contact us or email info@limeculture.co.uk for more information.

Tender Support

Many providers of sexual violence services will have years of experience, knowledge and skills to work effectively with victims, they do not always have the time, capacity or resources to enter into complicated bidding arrangements in order to secure contracts or funding to continue their important work.

Sadly, this could mean that more and more specialist sexual violence services have to close if they are not successfully winning contracts that fund the delivery of their service provision. As a result of this threat, LimeCulture has recently expanded the focus of our work to include a ‘Tendering Support’ package for providers of sexual violence services.

We can provide bespoke support to voluntary and community sector organisations who are putting together proposals, tenders or bids to provide services for victims of sexual violence as part of their local commissioning processes.

Our support will enable your service to demonstrate that you are able to deliver high-quality service to support victims of sexual violence and to make a strong case for investment.

Our support is tailored to meet the requirements of your individual service and can include a range of options and services, such as bid-writing assistance, support to develop proposals, independent service reviews, help with the development, collection and measuring of meaningful outcome information and data.

What our recent clients have said about the Tendering Support that we provided to them:

“Your support has been great and we felt that by approaching an organisation such as yourselves we would be ensuring that we got the best quality advice and guidance.”

Manager of a Rape Crisis Service that was successfully awarded a 3-year contract.

Universities and HEIs

LimeCulture Bespoke Strategic Development Days

It is clear that each University and Higher Education Institution (HEI) has a responsibility to their staff and their students to respond appropriately to any disclosure of sexual violence. 

Over and above supporting a victim in relation to their educational needs, a university will also need to consider the wider support needs of a victim/survivor following sexual violence.   This might include access to a forensic medical examination, psychological therapies and mental health support or sexual health services. It could also include a police investigation and potentially a criminal court case, as well as internal disciplinary proceedings.  

Importantly, each University and HEI will need to ensure that they have acted appropriately and their involvement has not done anything to undermine a future criminal prosecution or contaminate evidence relating to the sexual offence in the event that the victim wants to report the matter to the police at any point either now or in the future.  Because university staff could potentially be called as witnesses in a trial, robust record keeping will need to be in place to account for any involvement the University or HEI has had in relation to a sexual assault.

As part of the strategic work that LimeCulture CIC has undertaken separately with individual universities, Universities UK, and AMOSHEE we are able to assist universities and HEIs to develop sexual violence strategies, and successfully implement their policies.

LimeCulture is delighted to be able to share with universities and HEIs a copy of the model job description for SVLOs.  Please click here to download a Word version. 

LimeCulture offer a one day workshop to universities who wish to work on developing their local response (both internal and external) to sexual violence. To make the most of the session representatives from across the university should attend. The university is best placed to decide who should attend. However LimeCulture would recommend as a starting point representatives from:

  • Student Services
  • HR
  • Academics
  • Counselling services
  • Student Union

Each workshop is carefully designed around the specific needs of the host university, which will be discussed in the planning phase of the workshop.

During the day we begin with input from LimeCulture facilitators looking at the policy context, the role of universities in responding to sexual violence, and the national picture.  Next, we spend some time discussing the local picture at the host university, leadership, current provision, identifying gaps in service and agreeing what else needs to be put in place.

If required, we can focus the workshop on developing an overarching strategy, encompassing partnerships, referrals and case management.   Informed by local requirements, we deliver a session about developing and delivering a strategic plan, working together to identify the key challenges, understand what effective service models might look like, and developing innovative solutions.

The workshop also includes a final session where LimeCulture facilitates some action planning, supporting local leaders to identify responsibility for delivery against their requirements, and looking at how attendees might work together to deliver the plan. The aim of this part of the workshop is to capture the agreed elements of an action plan so that the host university is able to harness the energy and commitment of the workshop and move forwards with this crucial area of work.

The cost of the Development Day is £2,000 + VAT.

This will include:

  • The services of two experienced facilitators for one day
  • A planning and development session with the facilitators and the event organisers beforehand.

If you think we can help or you would like to discuss this further please email us on info@limeculture.co.uk

Current Work Areas

New Standards for Services Supporting Males

LimeCulture Community Interest Company (CIC) is working in partnership with Mankind, Safeline, Survivors Manchester and Survivors UK to develop distinct service standards for working with males who have experienced sexual violence.

Commissioners and funders are increasingly recognising the importance of service providers being able to properly evidence the quality of their services. As part of this measure of quality, it is routinely expected that service providers show that they can meet and maintain the relevant service standards for their particular sector.

It is currently not possible to provide evidence of the quality of their services by meeting and maintaining specific service standards that relate to and provide a benchmark for this important specialism.

In light of this gap, and recognising that they are currently unable to evidence the quality of their service provision, four specialist organisations providing support to males approached LimeCulture CIC to request they work in partnership to create a set of new service standards that relate specifically to the provision of care and support for male victims and survivors of sexual violence.

The purpose of the new service standards for supporting males is to:

  • Provide a quality benchmark for services supporting males
  • Create equitable service provision between providers and across geographical locations for males who have experience sexual violence (by eliminating a postcode lottery in service provision)
  • Continue to drive up standards of service provision through effective monitoring.

The new service standards will be wide ranging and will benefit:

  • Service users - who can expect a level of service that is clearly described
  • Organisations - who can monitor their own performance against the quality benchmark (i.e. the service standards)
  • Commissioners - who can be satisfied that the services they commission meet and maintain a set of standards that are bespoke to working with males.

To this end, it is crucial that the new service standards for supporting males will be evidence based. This will mean they will be informed by:

  • Research literature in this specialist area
  • Service user’s involvement and
  • Specialist service provider experts who can share their experience of what works well in relation to supporting males

The new service standards will also acknowledge that in addition to the small number of male only specialist services, there is an increasing number of support services who provide specialist support for both males and females. It is an important principle that a male seeking support following a sexual assault, should have equitable support, whether they access a male only services or whether they access a service that also provides for females too. Ideally, the standards of service should be the same regardless of where the male access support. To this end, these new service standards will address also address the provision of service to male provided by services who also support females.

Sport

LimeCulture is working on a number of contracts with national sports bodies on safeguarding.  Using our in-house experience, and a range of expert associates, we can quickly respond to a variety of requests.

Some of the recent pieces of work we have delivered include a safeguarding case review relating to a specific concern for a large sports club, and a review of safeguarding processes across a sporting sector.  Obviously, owing to the nature of some of the work we are asked to do, we are often bound by confidentiality agreements.  

However, whatever the work we are asked to do, the expertise that LimeCulture brings to this area includes:

  • In depth knowledge of minimum standards of safeguarding
  • Safeguarding best practice
  • How clients can become world leaders in safeguarding in their sport
  • The opportunity to commissioning a critical review of the current practices and procedures, both on paper and in person
  • A commitment to provide realistic recommendations for improvement to future safeguarding practices and procedures

Where we are asked to undertake review work LimeCulture uses a (tried and tested) rapid assessment review methodology that allows for triangulation of information that is delivered through:

  • Desk based research
  • Key informant Interviews
  • Focus Groups of key personnel
  • follow-up/clarification calls (to confirm/sense check information)

We will develop a bespoke report including recommendations at the conclusion of our review work.

If you think LimeCulture could help you email us at info@limeculture.co.uk and we will be pleased to discuss your requirements.

 

Previous Work & Testimonials

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Truth Sessions Pilot Project - Delivery and Management of Support Service

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse commissioned LimeCulture to develop, manage and deliver the provision of support for individuals engaging with the Truth Sessions, a pilot project that was delivered during November 2015. LimeCulture worked with three trusted partners to ensure that information and advice, access to support workers and counsellors was available for all those who took part in the pilot project. 

Independent Review of Survivors Manchester ISVA Service

LimeCulture was commissioned by Survivors Manchester to undertake an independent review of their Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service, which was initially created as a pilot project. The aim of the independent review was to ensure their pilot ISVA Service was fit for purpose and to ensure the operating model was correctly aligned for the future.

LimeCulture undertook a two-stage review in order to allow interim findings and key recommendations from the first part of the independent review to be embedded into the service following the pilot phase.

Report of Findings from Awareness Training for Multi-Agency Professionals

In May 2014, the Home Office commissioned LimeCulture to carry out a review of five Multi-agency awareness raising events delivered to a range of professionals during January and February 2014.

The report outlined the training that was delivered to professionals to raise awareness and understanding of the issues faced by girls and young women affected by gangs. The report also outlines the good practice that was identified by professionals as part of the events, through discussions and feedback.

This report also included a summary of the evaluated feedback forms completed by 198 attendees and therefore provides a good insight into the views of the attendees as to whether the events were a successful way of meeting the Home Office’s objectives to improve the knowledge and understanding of these issues amongst professionals.

The report also captured the feedback from the trainers who over the course of the five events were able to discuss a wide range of issues with a large number of professionals from a range of organisations. 

Exploring the Possibilities for Collaboration to Provide Services to Support Victims of Sexual Violence in West Yorkshire

LimeCulture was commissioned as part of a project funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, to explore the possibilities for collaboration to provide services to support victims of sexual violence.

This work included developing and designing interactive workshops for service providers to come together to look at the strategic development of local services for victims. The aim was to see how services for victims could be delivered through a partnership approach.

LimeCulture worked with a range of local service providers to identify the possible mechanisms for collaboration, creating a shared vision, overcoming barriers, identification of next steps.

Standards and Guidance for the Medical Examination of Adult and Child Sexual Assault Victims

The Forensic Science Regulator for England and Wales commissioned LimeCulture in partnership with Principle Forensic Standards Ltd (PFS) to draft the standards and guidance for medical examination of adult and child sexual assault victims. This work also included the development of a judicial primer, which outlines what standards should be expected by the criminal justice process.

These standards are the first of their kind, and ultimately seek to raise the standards of the provision of medical examination of victims following a sexual assault.

Health Needs Assessment of Children Under the Age of 13 Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted in the East of England

Between January and March 2015, LimeCulture CIC was commissioned by NHS England to undertake a Health Needs Assessment of children under the age of 13 who have been sexually assaulted in the 6 areas that make up the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex).

This comprehensive piece of work looked at the full range of specialist services that are available for children under the age of 13 in the region and based on prevalence data, service-level data and information provided by key informants (including staff, partners and stakeholders) was able to identify good practice, gaps in services provision and key recommendations for improving the services that are available for children under the age of 13 who have been sexually abused. 

IAPT

In May 2017 LimeCulture was commissioned to develop a service specification for a talking therapies service for survivors of sexual violence.

This work was to build on work in the last ten years, where statutory partners have worked together to set up sexual assault referral services (SARS) across England. These services provide an appropriate environment for survivors to receive all care required, and to provide evidence in the immediate period after disclosing the incident(s). The services are comprehensive.  However, they do not offer talking therapies for survivors who wish to access support in the period after the incident(s).  It is expected that survivors would access such services within their own communities on referral from a GP.

Despite this expectation it is believed that a significant proportion of survivors do not access such services. This may be because they do not wish to disclose the matter to their GP, or because there is pressure on services, or because services specific to this need have not been commissioned.

The service specification developed by LimeCulture

  • Described a talking therapies service which responds to the needs of survivors of sexual violence
  • Described an all-age service, so that children and young people are provided with an appropriate service
  • Proposed specific forms of therapy with rationale for selecting these
  • Proposed the length and frequency of sessions for an individual survivor
  • Proposed the quality standards which the service should aim to reach
  • Proposed indicators against which the service can be assessed

Bespoke Consultancy Testimonials

From the Gloucestershire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s perspective we were very keen to understand the current service provision and quality of the ISVA service in Gloucestershire and also to use the findings to develop a specification for the commissioning of our new and inclusive ISVA service which will commence in April 2018. We had no hesitation in commissioning Lime Culture to conduct this review and were exceedingly impressed with the team who visited Gloucestershire which included their Chief Executive, Stephanie Reardon. Their approach was of the highest professional quality and their ability to interact with key stakeholders was thorough. The final report was very well presented and has enabled us to produce a specification which has been recognised as being of very high standard and will be used by other OPCC commissioning teams within the country.

Richard Bradley, Deputy Chief Executive, OPCC Gloucestershire