Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence
In 2017 the Male Survivors Partnership (MSP), a network 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 Quality Standards aim to improve the consistency of service provision for male victims/survivors. They provide a clear robust 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.
The Guidance for Commissioners and Providers Supporting Implementation of the Quality Standards for Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence is also available at the Male Survivors Partnership website.
“Pursuing independently accredited best practice quality standards is a strategic priority for Safeline. We are an inclusive organisation and want to ensure any survivor accessing our services gets the support they want and need. The Male Quality Standards (MQS) are critical to delivering that goal.
“Comparing our service against best practice standards immediately identified numerous opportunities to improve our support for male survivors. External verification that our support for male survivors meets the MQS has led to an increase in males accessing our services: they are confident that the support they will receive is high quality.
Having external experts assess your services as meeting best practice standards has created a real sense of professional pride within the charity and has helped us retain and recruit staff. Commissioners are increasingly aware of how important the MQS are in supporting male survivors and more are making it a condition of any bid for funds. Meeting the standards has helped us secure additional funds to support more male survivors.”
Neil Henderson, Chief Executive of Safeline and Founding Member of the Male Survivors Partnership
The following organisations and services have successfully received accreditation through the LimeCulture Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors of Sexual Violence.