Spring update on the accreditation programme

We thought it was time for another update about our Independent Accreditation Programme. Whilst the country has continued to be in the grip of the Covid pandemic with all the disruption and home school that entails, the Accreditation team have been hugely impressed with the number of services that have continued their journey through the programme, achieving accreditation whilst continuously adapting their ways of working ensuring that clients and the safety of all are at the heart of everything they do.

Since the Autumn of last year, the Accreditation team have independently accredited 21 organisations consisting of 28 individual services across both the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services and the Male Survivor Partnership Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence. That is now a total of 46 organisations and 62 individual services. A further 19 organisations with a breakdown of 25 services continue to work towards accreditation. Considering the ongoing challenges services are facing with the pandemic, those figures alone demonstrate the willingness and commitment to demonstrate they deliver a quality service.

Within those figures, two Sexual Violence Liaison Services (SVLO) based within the University setting have successfully achieved their accreditation. We are so pleased to have worked with the SVLO’s at London South Bank University & The University of Sheffield who have shown a great commitment to ensuring their students receive the best possible support.

Not only are services continuously progressing through the programme, but we also seem to have blinked and our first cohort of services who were part of the pilot project, have reached the expiry date of accreditation. We are so pleased to be welcoming six services onto the first re-accreditation programme which will see services look to retain the Quality Mark for a further two years.

And if that wasn’t enough……. We are now accepting applications to join the new cohort of services on both the

  • Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence (closing date Friday 23rd April 2021)
  • Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser Services (closing date Friday 21st May 2020).
  • The Accreditation workshop will be held virtually using video conferencing on the following dates:

• Wednesday 12th May 2021 for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence and,
• Wednesday 09th June 2021 for the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services.

Further details can be found at www.limeculture.co.uk/accreditation.

To discuss your service in more detail and apply to join the programme please contact accreditation@limeculture.co.uk.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Book now to attend the Spreading Excellence Online Symposium

‘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.  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.

This year we were asked by the Home Office to focus will be on support services for children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse (CSA), to align with the Home Office Tackling CSA Strategy.

National Working Group

The project was overseen by a National Working Group. Membership is drawn from a range of professionals working in child sexual abuse (CSA) including includes policy leads, academics, service providers and commissioners.


The project included a series of workshops that examined commissioning and providing services and multi-agency working, to meet the needs of children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse (CSA).

With expert speakers addressing each workshop, participants worked together to identify the main challenges within these key areas, and sought to identify solutions and/or best practice.


The report of findings from the project, alongside a series of related recommendations to policy makers, commissioners and providers will be presented at a free online symposium on the 30th March, starting at 10am.

Panel Membership

The symposium will include a panel discussion with experts from:

  • Lincolnshire Office of Police and Crime Commissioner
  • The LightHouse, London
  • Imara, Nottingham
  • The Green House, Bristol
  • Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre)

Questions for the panel can be submitted at the time of booking.

Who should attend?

Strategic Leads in CSA support services (CHISVA, Children and Young People Counselling Services and Social Care Safeguarding Leads), Commissioners of CSA services and Researchers in Practice.

A flyer for the event can be downloaded  – Spreading Excellence Symposium Flyer

Please book online for this free event at  https://limeculture.co.uk/events/spreading-excellence-symposium/






National Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Conference 2021

LimeCulture is delighted to share that we are hosting the National Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Conference on the 8th July 2021.

As with the first SVLO Conference in December 2019, we will be highlighting some key learning and developments from across the sector and further afield, as well as acknowledging the outstanding contributions and achievements of SVLOs through our LimeLight Awards.

LimeCulture’s view is that SVLOs/SVMLOs and their services deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those in the University community who have been subjected to sexual violence.  The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of SVLOs and SVMLOs and their services.

LimeCulture acknowledges that the past year has been like no other and this will have impacted heavily on SVLO colleagues across the UK. For this reason, we want you to tell us how we can best support knowledge sharing and development at the conference in July. We also want to give you an opportunity for a platform to share what you know and do best.

Please complete the following survey to share your thoughts around what and who you would like to hear about and from.


The survey deadline has been extended until the 1st of April 2021.

(Please note, completing the survey does not equate to registering your attendance at the conference. Registration details will be shared shortly.)



LimeCulture Invites ISVA Service Managers to attend Online Workshop to discuss ISVA Training

LimeCulture would like to invite ISVA Service Managers (and/or Team Leads) from across the sector to attend one of two (identical) workshops to discuss ISVA training needs/requirements.
We will be holding these (online) workshops on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 23 March at 10.30am – 12noon
  • Thursday 25 March at 10.30am – 12noon
As the leading provider of training for ISVAs, we want to ensure that our training continues to meet the needs of ISVA Services, and as part of a review of our training provision, we would like to invite ISVA Service Managers to share with us their views and suggestions about training for ISVAs.
The aim of the workshops is to discuss the following:
  • Key learning from online ISVA training (due to covid restrictions)
  • Views/suggestions about how ISVA training should be delivered post-covid
  • Views/suggestions about ISVA training needs/requirements (including training portfolio for ISVAs including continued professional development, gaps in knowledge/skills, any other specific training needs/requirements).
If you are a Manager of an ISVA Service and would like to attend one of the above workshops, please confirm your attendance by emailing info@limeculture.co.uk as soon as possible (and by no later than Wednesday 17 March please).
Please confirm which workshop you would like to attend, and we will ensure that you are sent a link to the correct workshop in advance.
Thank you!

Join the LimeCulture Core Team – We’re recruiting a Director of Consultancy Services

About LimeCulture

LimeCulture is an international sexual violence and safeguarding training and consultancy organisation based in the UK. Our vision is to improve the professional response to sexual violence and safeguarding. We achieve our vision by working with professionals and services by embracing our core values in everything we do:

  • Learning: we develop and deliver high quality training and resources for professionals
  • Innovation: we are at the forefront of identifying emerging themes and are instrumental in creating change
  • Management: we support leaders to design, provide and evaluate world-class services
  • Excellence: we strive to enhance quality in everything we do

Working for us

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit an exceptional and dynamic professional to join our passionate, talented and committed team as our new Director of Consultancy Services.

Our Consultancy Services Division has a vibrant and varied portfolio of work and the Director of Consultancy Services is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the Consultancy Services Division as a whole
  • Developing a programme of consultancy work in line with LimeCulture’s Strategy
  • Seeking business development opportunities and increasing the income generated by the Consultancy Services Division
  • Overseeing, promoting and growing the Independent Accreditation Programme
  • Recruiting/line managing staff and consultants to deliver the Consultancy Services Division’s programme of work to the highest standard

About this role

To find out more about what this exciting role as a LimeCulture Director entails, please see the attached Director of Consultancy Services Job Description & Person Spec

This Director role is a full time (40 hours per week) post. You will be based at home with frequent national travel (subject to covid restrictions). The successful candidate will initially be given a 12 month fixed-term contract, which will then be made permanent on renewal.

The salary for this role is circa £60,000 per annual and you will be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which may be taken at any time).

If you would like to discuss this role with us, then please email info@limeculture.co.uk and we’ll arrange for you to have an informal discussion with us at a suitable time.

How to apply

If you believe you have the skills and competencies required to be our next Director of Consultancy Services, then we’d love to hear from you!

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter that explains to us why you would be right for this role and how you meet the person specification.

CV and covering letters should be emailed to info@limeculture.co.uk with the subject heading ‘Application for Director of Consultancy Services’ by 6pm Friday 26th March 2021. First stage interviews will take place during the week commencing 12th April 2021.