LimeCulture to deliver Section 28 Training to ISVAs across England & Wales

The Government has committed to the national roll out of a scheme enabling pre-recorded evidence across all crown courts in England and Wales. Known as section 28, the scheme allows victims to have their cross-examination pre-recorded earlier in the process and outside the courtroom. As such, Ministry of Justice and HM Courts &Tribunal Services (HMCTS) are keen to ensure that Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) are able to access consistent training on section 28 that will assist them to effectively support their clients with information about pre-recorded cross examinations.

Earlier this year, LimeCulture was funded by MoJ & HMCTs to develop and deliver section 28 training for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) Over the last few months, we have been working hard to develop a bespoke training course, with content that is tailored specifically to ISVAs on section 28. We would like to thanks the 60+ ISVAs who have contributed to the development of the training by attending Focus Groups to share with us their knowledge and experiences of supporting clients with section 28 pre-recorded cross examinations. 

We are now in a position to make this training available to ISVAs across England and Wales. However, we know that ISVAs are often extremely busy, and Managers of ISVA Services will not want all their ISVAs to attend the same training session, so we have ensured there are lots of date options available between June 2022 and the end of the year. We are currently opening bookings in 2-month blocks, so once the June & July sessions are full,  further dates will be opened. 

Bookings can be made via our online booking system that can be found on our website – https://limeculture.co.uk/training-development/

Please click on the side toolbar titled ’Section 28 Training for ISVAs’ where the booking forms for each of the training sessions can be located. 

 

Please note  this training has been developed and designed specifically for ISVAs. As such, it is only open to those who are currently employed by an ISVA Service to work as an ISVA (supporting either adults and/or children and young people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse).  

This training is is not intended for other professionals such as Crisis Workers, Support Workers, Counsellors etc or anybody who is not currently working as an ISVA (ie, previous ISVAs or those wanting to become an ISVA in future are not eligible for this training).

For more information about this training for ISVAs,
please contact us by email info@limeculture.co.uk

 

LimeCulture delivers ‘trauma informed’ training to Police Rape Investigation Team

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, LimeCulture delivered specialist training to officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Rape Investigation Team.

LimeCulture has developed ‘A trauma-informed approach to rape investigations’, which is specialist training designed to help police better understand victims/survivor responses to traumatic experiences, such as rape, and how individuals’ reactions may impact on the police investigation and the willingness of the victim/survivor to remain engaged with the criminal justice process.

The number of people who make a report of rape (and other serious sexual offences) has significantly increased over the last few years, however, despite these increases, there has been a significant decrease in the number of rapists brought to justice. Quite rightly, there is now increased scrutiny on the investigation and prosecution of rape and serious sexual offence (RASSO) cases with the Government making a commitment in the End-to-End Rape Review to make various changes across the system to an attempt to achieve better criminal justice outcomes for victims/survivors.

As such, there are high expectations on the police to make improvements to the way they investigate these sensitive and challenging cases. The Police are increasingly having to review their practices, in terms of response and investigative processes and procedures in an attempt to make the necessary changes. Recognising they are one piece of the jigsaw in the criminal justice journey for the victim/survivor, they also need to look at how they work across the system, with partners and other agencies, to better support victims/survivors.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary Rape Investigation Team have already started this work to identify what more they can do to improve their response to victims/survivors of rape, which included commissioning further specialist training for their officers.

Bernie Ryan, Director of Training at LimeCulture said:

‘We were delighted when Cambridgeshire Police’s Rape Investigation Team contacted us to explore how we might support them in better understanding the issues that victim/survivors face when reporting to the police and seeking justice. We discussed how a trauma-informed approach to investigations could improve the victim/survivor experience. They are clearly committed to looking at the way they investigate rape cases in order to make positive changes” 

In order to develop the specialist training, LimeCulture worked closely with the Rape Investigation Team to determine our training approach to ensure the content and material could meet the needs of their officers to help them to understanding how individuals might respond to a traumatic experience, such as rape, and to help officers to better meet their individual needs.

Following discussions with the police, LimeCulture designed the training to allow for exploration and challenge of conscious and unconscious bias, rape myths and culture and how a lack of understanding of a trauma informed approach can impact on the experience of the victim/survivor in the criminal justice process.

Effective communication is the golden thread that runs through this specialist training and includes how communication styles can be used, adapted and encouraged to support victims/survivors and also to challenge unacceptable beliefs, behaviours and attitudes in colleagues.

The training was also designed to explain the different phases of trauma that might be experienced by a victims/survivor in the aftermath of a rape. The officers considered the impact of their role in different periods of time throughout the investigation and how this might impact, positively and negatively, on the victim/survivor. A key focus of the training was the importance of other partners such as the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and the ISVA service, and the crucial role they have in supporting the victims/survivors throughout and beyond the investigation period.

Bernie Ryan said:

“It’s obvious that the officers in the Rape Investigation Team are all working extraordinarily hard, under challenging circumstances and with high numbers of cases to investigate. So, this training provided a fantastic opportunity to take the time out to focus on the impact of vicarious trauma and the importance of self-care for those officers working on sensitive and sometimes very difficult cases, such as rape’ 

“We were hugely impressed by the officers’ willingness to engage with the training. They talked openly and honestly and were willing to share their experiences and reflections of when they’d got it right, but also when they could have done things differently.’

DCI Sherrie Nash said:

“Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to improving responses to Rape Investigation. A critical aspect of our strategy is supporting our workforce to develop their investigative mindset alongside understanding and responding to the impact on their own wellbeing.  Working with LimeCulture has been seamless right from the initial development stage through to the delivery phase. The training fully complimented procedural change being embedded within the team and was delivered in an energetic, thought-provoking and respectful manner. 

Bernie really engaged the officers through both evidence led content and, crucially, her own professional experience. She facilitated some lively discussion and debate which acknowledged the challenges the officers face daily but providing an alternative perspective to understand the impact of trauma on survivors.  Feedback from the team has been really positive with each officer identifying changes they will make to their own practices.  Thematically, the training will also assist in the ongoing strategic vision not only within the Constabulary but also across the multiagency partnership”

If you would like to find out more about LimeCulture’s specialist training ‘A trauma-informed approach to police investigation’ please contact us via email  info@limeculture.co.uk or complete the below contact page and we’ll get in touch with you!

 

 

LimeCulture Launches New Resource for ISVAs working with victims/survivors from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

 

Today, LimeCulture is delighted to launch a second resource for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) as part of the National ISVA Co-ordinator (NISVAC) Service pilot.

The NISVAC Service has been in working in partnership with people from Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities, professionals working with these communities, academics and ISVA services to develop a new resource to support ISVAs to better understand the unique barriers Gypsy, Roma or Traveller people may face in engaging with support, and to consider how ISVA services can be adapted to support these clients.

This resource:

  • Provides a brief background of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities including issues such as discrimination, marginalisation, and hate.
  • Highlights specific barriers for people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in accessing ISVA support.
  • Equips ISVAs with accurate information to inform practice and provides practical suggestions to support ISVA services to become more accessible for people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Download the resource  Working with victims and survivors from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

Holli Waterson, the National ISVA Co-ordinator, said:

“Engaging with sexual violence victims and survivors from Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities can be particularly challenging due to a long history of genocide, discrimination and hate which has resulted in their exclusion from mainstream support services. Sadly, low rates of engagement with people from Travelling communities has become an unacceptable norm for many services. Given how critical specialist support is following sexual violence, access to an ISVA is vital to ensure the needs of sexual violence victims/survivors from these communities are met.

We had a fantastic response from Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities, academics and professionals in the development of this resource, which is a testament to the shared commitment to improving support access and life outcomes for survivors of sexual violence. I would like to extend a very special thank you to all who engaged with us and shared their knowledge and experiences.

Being aware of the barriers these communities face and demonstrating sensitivity to their unique cultures and traditions is key to enabling victims/survivors of sexual violence from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to engage with ISVA services. We hope this resource supports ISVA services to do just that.”

LimeCulture will be hosting a free lunchtime briefing on Tuesday 5th April 2022 at 12noon for ISVAs to discuss the resource, hear directly from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, academics, and professionals working with Travelling communities, and share ideas on how to make ISVA services more accessible to victims/survivors.

To access the lunchtime briefing, please email holli.waterson@limeculture.co.uk. A calendar invite and zoom meeting link will follow.

About NISVAC

The NISVAC Service pilot was commissioned by Operation Hydrant in 2020 to support victims/survivors of sexual abuse from identified hard-to-reach, or seldom heard, groups with a pathway into support from an ISVA service and/or access to the criminal justice system, in recognition of the additional barriers they face. 

The National ISVA Advice Line is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – 0800 246 5260 or by email NISVAC@limeculture.co.uk

Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services open for application!

We’re delighted to announce that applications are now open for ISVA service providers wishing to join LimeCulture’s Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services.

The application window closes on Wednesday 6 April 2022

Through seeking independent accreditation against the Quality Standards, ISVA services can give victims and survivors of sexual violence confidence in the quality of the ISVA service they are accessing; have confidence as a provider that they are delivering a safe, effective and equitable service; and demonstrate the quality of their service both to local partner agencies and to commissioners as measured against a set of common standards.

Since the Independent Accreditation Programme was established in 2018, it has been opened to six waves of ISVA services supporting adults and children and young people. 45 services have successfully achieved the Quality Mark to date, and 6 more services are currently working towards it.

Sam Whyte, Director of Consultancy and Accreditation at LimeCulture, said:  “LimeCulture has been privileged to see so many brilliant ISVA services move through the accreditation programme, and we’re consistently impressed by their resilience and creativity in meeting the needs of their clients in the face of considerable challenges. We’re excited to be opening the programme today to a whole new cohort of services, and look forward to working with them to continue driving high-quality ISVA support for victims/survivors.”

“The LimeCulture Quality Standards independent accreditation was a challenge that caused us at East Kent Rape Crisis to examine our current procedures. It gave us an excellent opportunity to check that everything was in place to provide the best possible service to clients whatever their age or sexual orientation. We’re confident that our processes provide a great service.” East Kent Rape Crisis Centre

To apply

To apply to join the Independent Accreditation Programme, or to request a bespoke quotation for your service/organisation, e-mail us at accreditation@limeculture.co.uk Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Services enrolling will need to be available for a virtual Accreditation Workshop on Thursday 21 April 2022.

You can find more information about the Accreditation programme, costs, and our Terms and Conditions here.

Enhanced Quality Standards for 2022

Alongside the new wave, LimeCulture is today publishing updated Implementation Guidance for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services.

This enhances the standards through highlighting specific considerations when delivering ISVA support to children and young people, reflecting the rapid evolution of practice over recent years. We are also introducing a new Quality Standard to ensure services sufficiently support clients with additional needs to fully access and engage with ISVA support, given how critical we know this can be to achieving positive outcomes for victims/survivors.

LimeCulture would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the ISVA service providers, commissioners and victims/survivors that have contributed to this work.

The updated Quality Standards Implementation Guidance can be found here.

LimeCulture launches new guidance for professionals working with people with Learning Disabilities who have experienced sexual violence and abuse

LimeCulture is pleased to share new guidance for professionals working with people with Learning Disabilities who have experienced sexual violence and abuse as part of the National ISVA Co-ordinator (NISVAC) Service pilot.

The NISVAC Service has been working in partnership with national learning disability organisations, local projects, professionals and ISVA services to identify the practical challenges and barriers for victims/survivors of sexual violence with learning disabilities in accessing sexual violence support services.

Building on existing research, we found that many victims/survivors of sexual violence with learning disabilities are not being referred to, or are not readily able to access specialist sexual violence services. This is, in part, driven by the lack of information about the support available, and the confidence of disability organisations in enabling and encouraging their clients to access support provided by Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services. In addition, ISVAs have also told us that they often feel they lack the experience, confidence and skills to respond to the needs of victims/survivors with learning disabilities.

LimeCulture has created this resource, developed with input from learning disability organisations and ISVA services, to raise awareness of local ISVA Services among disability organisations, and to support disability organisations to strengthen their internal processes to ensure appropriate referrals are made for the individuals they support.

The pathway resource aims to support organisations and professionals working with individuals with learning disabilities to:

  • Respond to and support those who may have experienced sexual violence and abuse
  • Identify and access sexual violence pathways of support local to the victim/survivor
  • Improve access to Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services
  • Strengthen internal processes and local partnerships with sexual violence support services.

Download the Guidance for professionals working with people with Learning Disabilities  

Holli Waterson, National ISVA Co-ordinator for the NISVAC Service, said:

“It is an important principle that all victims and survivors, including those with learning disabilities, can access the support from an ISVA services where they have experienced sexual violence or abuse. The organisations and professionals who work with or support people with learning disabilities have a key part to play in ensuring a seamless pathway to support from an ISVA service.

However, we know from the work we’ve been doing that professionals don’t always know what to do when people have experienced sexual abuse. Their knowledge of local ISVA services may also be limited and therefore referrals that could be made, are not – meaning that people with learning disabilities do not always get the specialist support they need following sexual abuse.

The purpose of this pathway guide is to provide information to support professionals to make referrals to ISVA services. By raising awareness of ISVA services among professionals and organisations, we hope to increase the number of victims/survivors with learning disabilities getting the specialist support they need.”

Through the National ISVA Co-ordinator Service pilot, LimeCulture has established a Professional Network for ISVAs to share knowledge, best practice and expertise when supporting clients with learning disabilities.

To better support ISVAs to respond to clients who have learning disabilities, we have also developed an accredited, 2-day training course for ISVAs to appropriately meet the needs of clients with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions. The first course takes place on 12 and 13 April 2022 – you can find out more information, including how to register, here

About NISVAC

The NISVAC Service pilot was commissioned by Operation Hydrant in 2020 to support victims/survivors of sexual abuse from identified hard-to-reach, or seldom heard, groups with a pathway into support from an ISVA service and/or access to the criminal justice system, in recognition of the additional barriers they face. 

The National ISVA Advice Line is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – 0800 246 5260 or by email NISVAC@limeculture.co.uk

 

Male Quality Standards Accreditation Programme open for application!

LimeCulture’s Independent Accreditation Programme is now open for applications for a new cohort of services to seek accreditation against the Male Survivors Partnership (MSP) Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence.

The application window will close on Monday 14 March.

Stephanie Reardon, Chief Executive of LimeCulture, said

“The MSP’s Quality Standards are a critical tool for improving support for male victims of sexual violence – we’re therefore delighted to open Wave 9 of the accreditation programme today. We feel privileged at LimeCulture to be able to work with so many services to improve the quality of their provision, and are always hugely impressed by services’ creativity and commitment to the best possible outcomes for their male clients.”

Since it was launched in April 2018, the Independent Accreditation Programme has been opened to 8 waves of services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence from across England and Wales. To date, 40 services have successfully achieved the Quality Mark, and 5 more services are working towards it.

Neil Henderson, Chief Executive of Safeline, said:

“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.”

Safeline holds the Quality Mark for its helpline, ISVA and counselling provision.

To apply

To apply, or to request a bespoke quotation for your service/organisation, e-mail us at accreditation@limeculture.co.uk. Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Services enrolling will need to be available for a virtual Accreditation Workshop on Thursday 31 March.

You can find more information about the Accreditation programme, costs, and our Terms and Conditions here.

We will also be opening applications for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services within the next month – watch this space!

 

 

 

New project to gather the experiences of victims and survivors of rape

LimeCulture is delighted to be working closely with Cambridgeshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Cambridgeshire Rape Crisis over the next 16 months to capture the views and experiences of adult victims/survivors of rape who are engaging with Cambridgeshire Police and accessing local ISVA support.

We’ll be undertaking a series of interviews with victims/survivors at key points during their criminal justice journey to better understand whether they have felt respected, supported and safe; what has been done well; and where improvements can be made. Victims/survivors will be asked for their consent to participate in the research and can withdraw at any time.

LimeCulture has long-standing experience of engaging sensitively with victims/survivors from across the country through our extensive service review and consultancy work. We believe speaking directly to victims/survivors of all ages, and understanding their views, expectations and experiences is not only key to tackling the barriers individuals’ face in seeking support and seeking justice; but also to putting victims’ voices at the forefront of shaping better services.

Through this project, victims/survivors of rape will be able to share their views and experiences freely and confidentially with LimeCulture. To ensure no one can be individually identified, we will share key feedback themes with the Police and support services to enable them to make any necessary improvements to their services and ways of working.

Sam Whyte, Director of Consultancy Services at LimeCulture, said: “We are pleased to be supporting this work to respond locally to the Government’s end-to-end review of rape, and are excited to see the changes that may result when victims’ voices are put at the heart of service delivery.”

Read the press release from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgshire

For further information please contact cambs.feedback@limeculture.co.uk

 

 

 

Embedding Safeguarding into Strategy * Workshop for Senior Leaders in Sport * Sport England Funded Places Available

 

Recent conferences on changing culture within sport, ‘National Plan for Sport, Health and Wellbeing’ published by the House of Lords (Dec 2021) and feedback from Safeguarding Officers, have all identified the critical role that senior leaders play in influencing the development of a safeguarding culture within sport.

Unfortunately, we have seen that despite having policies and processes in place, perpetrators of abuse can find opportunities to prevail.  Key to putting up barriers to abuse, is the culture of an organisation, and this is led from the top.  Safeguarding must be a priority throughout every level and function of each sport, and this will ensure that children and adults are more likely to be able to enjoy and achieve.

Working in collaboration with Sport England, LimeCulture has developed a half day workshop for CEO’s, Senior Leaders and Board Members to support their knowledge and understanding of integrating safeguarding at a strategic level across sport. Designed to complement the Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme this workshop will equip Leaders with the knowledge and skills to ensure safeguarding underpins the services and programs delivered across their sport through:

  • Highlighting the key overarching legislative duties for safeguarding in sport, and the importance;
  • Exploring how safeguarding sits within a sporting organisation’s Mission and Values, and why;
  • Considering the prevalence of abuse in sport from recent research;
  • Describing the purpose of a strategic plan and the requirement for safeguarding to be a key factor;
  • Recognising the importance of budgeting for a safeguarding provision.

Sport England will provide up to 2 funded places for each National Governing Body’s in England who receive funding from Sport England for senior leaders to attend the Workshop taking place on 16th February 2022, 9.30am -12.30. Please note- Maximum numbers apply for this Workshop & places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information about booking places on this Workshop please email Annabel.timmins@limeculture.co.uk

LimeCulture Supports Schools & Colleges to Respond to Sexual Misconduct

Following recent concerns about the prevalence of sexual violence and sexual harassment amongst children and young people in school and college settings, LimeCulture has spent the last 6-9 months working hard to develop a Model of support that allows schools and colleges to provide a whole school approach to responding to sexual misconduct (including sexual violence and abuse, sexual harassment, peer on peer and harmful sexual behaviour).

Since 2014, LimeCulture has been working extensively with universities and higher education institutions to improve their response to sexual misconduct through a range of training and consultancy services. To date we have supported more than 70 universities across England, Wales and Scotland, and as such, have an excellent understanding of the actions required to make improvements to the way that staff and students are supported following a report of sexual misconduct. Our Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Model was piloted within Keele University and University of Greenwich in 2015; and this ground breaking model of support has now been adopted by more than 60 universities.

LimeCulture has recently begun to work with a range of schools and colleges to support them to provide a whole school approach to responding to children and young people who have experienced sexual misconduct and building on the learning from our work with universities, we have developed the Sexual Misconduct Liaison Officer (SMLO) Model of support for schools and colleges. The SMLO Model was piloted by The Perse School in Cambridge – an Independent School we were delighted to work closely with to design and test the SMLO Model – and in November 2021, we delivered specialist accredited training to a carefully selected cadre of The Perse School’s  (incredible!) staff to provide them with the competence and confidence to support to young people who either report sexual misconduct or are reported against.

Crucially, the SMLO Model places sexual misconduct within the strategic safeguarding response of schools, in line with statutory duties, providing the infrastructure to embed the SMLO Model into existing safeguarding structures with 4 key benefits:

  1. Children and young people have a recognised point of contact at school who has the skills, knowledge and training to respond to incidents of sexual misconduct,
  2. Staff recognise that there are specialists within the school or college who can support them if they are approached, receive information or a disclosure of sexual misconduct from a child or young person is made,
  3. External stakeholders know that there are staff within the school or college who can assist them in supporting victims of sexual misconduct,
  4. The SMLO Model does not require the appointment of new staff or creation of new posts – instead utilising existing staff from across the school/colleges to become upskilled with specialist knowledge and competencies, providing a whole school approach to the prevention of and response to sexual violence and misconduct.

From January 2022, LimeCulture will be working with more schools and colleges to support them to implement a whole school approach to responding to sexual misconduct by embedding the SMLO Model. Please get in touch with LimeCulture’s Safeguarding Team by emailing us if you’d like to know more about the work we are doing with schools and colleges. We’d love to hear from you!

Email us – schoolsandcolleges@limeculture.co.uk

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LimeCulture Hosts Learning Disabilities Network for ISVAs

Last week LimeCulture hosted the first Network for ISVAs focusing on supporting those with learning disabilities. The Network meeting was attended by 40 ISVAs from 32 different ISVA services across the country and provided the opportunity for ISVAs to come together to share ideas, discuss challenges and identify solutions to better support people with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

The Network meeting was chaired by LimeCulture’s National ISVA Coordinator, Holli Waterson. Holli is responsible for the National ISVA Coordinator (NISVAC) Service, which was commissioned by Operation Hydrant as part of a national initiative to provide victims/survivors of sexual abuse from specific hard-to-reach, or seldom heard, groups with a pathway into support from an ISVA service and/or access to the criminal justice system, in recognition of the additional barriers they face.

The NISVAC service was established in 2020 and has recently expanded to also support victims/survivors with learning disabilities. Victim/survivors from this group are disproportionately affected by sexual violence, yet offenders are less likely to be brought to justice and victims/survivors are less likely to access support.

LimeCulture has been working with several national disability organisations to identify barriers in referring clients with learning difficulties or disabilities who may have experienced sexual assault or abuse, and to create pathways within their services to specialist local and national support. Raising awareness of the existence of local ISVA Services among disability organisations and seeking to strengthen their internal processes to enable appropriate referrals has been key to Holli’s recent work.

The first meeting of the Network took place on Thursday 14 October. It proved to be a great space for ISVAs across the country to come together and support one another to develop their practice in working with clients with learning disabilities. LimeCulture also arranged for Association for Real Change to attend the Network to talk to the ISVAs attending about their recent UsToo Project. ARC is a leading umbrella body representing service providers in the learning disability sector – whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for people who have a learning disability by supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support and services.

Holli Waterson, National ISVA Coordinator said:

“I’m delighted by the range of ISVA services who joined the first Network Meeting. The Network provides a unique opportunity for ISVA services to come together and share experiences and challenges with our professional peers to help ensure our specialist sexual violence services are able to meet the needs of clients with learning disabilities”

An ISVA Service Manager also said:

“the sharing of knowledge and practice, and the opportunity for discussion and peer support is invaluable when it comes to improving service delivery to all survivors, but particularly those groups where additional barriers exist”.

LimeCulture is in the process of developing specific training for ISVAs working with victims/survivors with learning disabilities. This will be available in the coming months.

LimeCulture would like to thank all the ISVAs who attended the first Network meeting. We are keen to welcome every ISVA service to join the Network. For more information about the Network, please contact Holli Holli.Waterson@LimeCulture.co.uk

 

About NISVAC

The NISVAC Service was commissioned by Operation Hydrant to support victims/survivors of sexual abuse from specific hard-to-reach, or seldom heard, groups with a pathway into support from an ISVA service and/or access to the criminal justice system, in recognition of the additional barriers they face. 

The National ISVA Advice Line is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – 0800 246 5260 or by email NISVAC@limeculture.co.uk