LimeCulture Welcomes 30th Cohort to ISVA Development Programme

This week LimeCulture has welcomed their newest cohort of Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) to the first module of our ISVA Development Programme. This cohort of ISVAs are the 30th group to embark on our specialist training course for ISVAs since the accredited course was launched in September 2011.

LimeCulture’s ISVA Development Programme has been developed and delivered by our expert trainers, who have all either worked as an ISVA,  managed a team of ISVAs or regularly work along side ISVAs in their professional roles. The demand for our ISVA Development Programme has continued to grow year on year, with the majority of ISVAs services across the UK choosing LimeCulture to training their ISVAs.

LimeCulture has supported hundreds of ISVAs since 2011 by providing specialist training that arms them with the skills and knowledge to undertake the ISVA role effectively and safely. We’re absolutely delighted to begin training for our 30th group of ISVAs.

LimeCulture’s Training Division continuously review and monitor the ISVA Development Programme to ensure that the course content and materials are up-to-date and relevant. Our review cycle ensures that the ISVA Development Programme is updated to reflect and incorporate operational developments and any changes in ISVA practices so that ISVAs are able to embed their learning into operational practice.

LimeCulture is delighted that the ISVA Development Programme is consistently rated as ‘excellent’ by ISVAs who attend from across the sector.  We ask for regular and honest feedback from the ISVAs attending the course. To improve the course and ensure that it continues to support ISVAs as effectively as possible, we ask ISVAs to provide specific feedback as they complete each of the 6 modules of the ISVA Development Programme. We carefully analyse and consider all of their views and suggestions to ensure the course is as good as it can possibly be from the ISVAs point of view.  

In the last 12 months (since January 2020) LimeCulture’s ISVA Development Programme has been attended by 150 individual ISVAs. These ISVAs come from over 65 different ISVA services across the UK, creating a fantastic and unique opportunity for ISVAs to share learning and experiences from operational practice with their peers as a significant element of their training.

Due to the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISVA Development Programme was adapted for online delivery in summer 2020 and is currently being delivered using an online platform to ensure the safety of the ISVAs and our staff.

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Our Upcoming Courses for ISVAs

ISVA Development Programme – the next available course will start in May 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Advanced Development Programme (ADP) Elective 1 for ISVAs supporting clients with specific needs – the next available course will take place on 17, 18 & 19 March 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Advanced Development Programme (ADP) Elective 2 for ISVAs supporting children and young people – the next available course will take place on 2, 3 & 4 February 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Workshop for ISVA Managers – the next available course will take place on 16 & 17 March 2021. Please click here to book a place.



Booking Now – Spreading Excellence – Free Workshop Programme 2021

‘Spreading Excellence’ is a Home Office funded project that was established by LimeCulture with the aim of improving the capacity and capability of the sexual violence sector to ensure high-quality and effective services are available for all. The project seeks to achieve this through the influence and engagement of service users, service providers, commissioners and policy leads working together collaboratively.

The project is overseen by a National Working Group.  Membership includes commissioners and service providers as well as leaders from the Home Office, NHS, Crown Prosecution Service, Police and the Ministry of Justice . The first project had a specific focus on improving knowledge around the commissioning process relating to sexual violence support services.  Our guidance document developed from the 2018/19 project is available free HERE.

Our new project fully funded by the Home Office for 2020/21  has a focus on improving services for children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse.

The Spreading Excellence National Working Group has supported the development of a series of five free virtual workshops. The intention is to bring around 25 stakeholders to each workshop.

The workshops will examine the main themes of commissioning and delivering services for children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse (CSA).

We have arranged for expert speakers to share their experiences of either providing, commissioning and/or researching CSA. Additionally LimeCulture will be working with service providers to ensure that the voice of lived experienced is reflected during the workshops.

The purpose of each workshop is for participants to work collaboratively to identify the main challenges within these key areas, and to identify solutions and/or best practice.

A printable programme is available to download Spreading Excellence Workshop Programme 2021 (PDF)


These free workshops will be delivered virtually via Zoom and can be booked online using the links below.

Workshop Title – Best Practice Case Study Date
Commissioning CSA Services – Lincolnshire OPCC & Centre of Expertise on CSA (CSA Centre) – Book here  9th of February 2021
Providing CSA services – The Green House –Book here  11th of February 2021
Multi-agency support models  – The Lighthouse – Book here 23rd of February 2021
Meeting the needs of victims of CSA  including Criminal Justice Service – Imara – Book here  25th of February 2021
Supporting professionals to respond to victims of CSA – CSA Centre) – Book here 2nd of March 2021

Who should attend?

Providers of CSA support services; practitioners or managers (CHISVA, Children and Young People Counselling Services and Social Care Safeguarding Leads), Commissioners of CSA services and Researchers in Practice.

Report and Symposium

LimeCulture will review the findings from the five workshops and these will published via an online national symposium on the 30th of March 2021. Booking will be available shortly.

Should you require any further information please contact