Accreditation

LimeCulture provides a programme of independent accreditation and monitoring against two distinct Quality Standards:

  • Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors
  • Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services

The key driver for the implementation of each of these Quality Standards is to improve the overall quality and consistency of  service provision. During the development and consultation phases of both sets of Quality Standards, providers and commissioners reported that there is a need to ensure that standards are applied consistently and that these should be independently verified.

LimeCulture’s Independent Accreditation Programme includes a 7-stage process that incorporates a documentary evidence review, interviews and a site visit. Services assessed as meeting the Quality Standards will achieve an independent Quality Mark, services are then subject to on-going monitoring to ensure the quality of services is maintained.

Quality Standards for ISVA Services

The Quality Standards for ISVA Services are made up of 20 standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation. They set out the expectations of the ISVA service’s leadership and staff and also the client experience.

The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve ISVA service provision. The Quality Standards and the implementation guidance for commissioners and service providers is available online, free of charge.

The Quality Standards for ISVA Services were launched by LimeCulture at the National ISVA Conference in October 2018, with the purpose of improving consistency, practice and the overall quality of ISVA services.

The benefits of the Quality Standards for ISVA Services include:

  • Victims / survivors of sexual violence will have confidence in the quality of the ISVA Service they are accessing
  • Service Providers will be able to evidence the quality of their ISVA Service provision against the Quality Standards
  • Commissioners will be able to commission against these Quality Standards, which assure the provision of support and enable effective performance

Download the Quality Standards for ISVA Services Implementation Guidance for Commissioners and Providers

Joining the Independent Accreditation Programme

Sitting alongside the Quality Standards for ISVA Services is the Independent Accreditation Programme, delivered by LimeCulture’s dedicated Accreditation Team. The programme will award a Quality Mark to ISVA services that demonstrate they meet the Quality Standards through a robust and independent accreditation process.

We will be inviting ISVA Services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme at regular scheduled intakes throughout 2019, places will be allocated on the next available intake.

The cost of joining the Independent Accreditation Programme is currently £3,500 + VAT. This covers a service, which is based at a single site. Where services are delivered from more than one site, each site entering the process will be charged accordingly. There will also be a charge if a service requires more than one site visit. Please ask for details.

We are currently accepting applications from services (or commissioners/funders) for commencement in July 2019, please apply by completing the Application Form including self assessment below and send it to accreditation@limeculture.co.uk 

Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors of Sexual Violence

 In 2017 the  Male Survivors Partnership (MSP)  , a collaboration of organisations supporting male victims / survivors of sexual violence, commissioned LimeCulture CIC to research, develop and implement Quality Standards for services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence. This ground-breaking project was enabled by an award of £85,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales – Transform Fund.

The purpose of these Quality Standards is to improve the consistency of service provision for male victims / survivors. The quality standards provide a framework that can be used to develop and improve the quality of service provision to male victims / survivors, in particular recognising their gender based needs.

Following a period of development, consultation and testing, the Quality Standards were launched on the 31st of January 2018 at the House of Lords.

Guidance for Commissioners and Providers Supporting Implementation of the Quality Standards for Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence, is available at the Male Survivors Partnership website.

Joining the Independent Accreditation Programme

Sitting alongside these Quality Standards is an Independent Accreditation Programme which will allow service providers meeting the Quality Standards to achieve a Quality Mark.

Following a selection process in February / March 2018, 10 sites have trialled the Independent Accreditation Programme including documentary evidence review, interviews and a site visit.

To express an interest in joining the  Independent Accreditation Programme in 2019  accreditation@limeculture.co.uk

Download Terms and Conditions of the Independent Accreditation Programme  December 2018 

“The vision for Male Survivors Partnership is that organisations, both commissioners and service providers, use the Quality Standards to deliver the best possible, quality assured support to male victims/survivors. They deserve better than having to navigate the postcode lottery of services, which I believe keeps so many males silent.
 Duncan Craig Founding Member of the Male Survivors Partnership

“We asked LimeCulture to present at our Staff Away Day as we were keen to learn more about how we might engage and support more males across all of our services. Tom and Steph delivered an excellent presentation. They were professional, knowledgeable and very personable and we learned a lot. Well worth their modest fee!”
Sally Goodwin, Chief Executive, SV2

Home Office Funding for 2019

The Home Office has provided funding to the Male Survivor Partnership which will allow a further 10 services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme. Following an application process during December 2018 and January 2019, the 10 new services  have been selected and were announced on 14 February. For more information about which services will be joining the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence, please click here. 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Independent Accreditation Team on 0203 6330018 or email accreditation@limeculture.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.


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