LimeCulture Update: Impact of COVID-19 on Training Programmes

LimeCulture CIC are continuously monitoring the impact of COVID-19, along with all government advice as it becomes available. As such, we have made the decision to postpone all of our training programmes scheduled to take place between now and the end of April 2020. We will be making contact with all of the delegates who are booked and due to attend our training programmes during this timeframe.

We will, of course, continue to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our ability to deliver our scheduled training beyond April 2020 and will make updated statements and contact with our delegates as decisions are made in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, at this moment in time, it is not yet possible to provide alternative dates for any training deliveries that need to be postponed. In common with everyone else, we do not know when we will return to ‘business as usual’ or when we can resume our training schedule. However, we are committed to delivering our training programmes as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so. We can confirm that anybody who is already booked to attend any of the training programmes that are postponed, will be guaranteed a place on rescheduled courses. Any training fees that have already been paid will be transferred to the new course dates.

Thank you in advance for your understanding at this challenging time. 

Best wishes to all our clients, partners and colleagues from everyone at LimeCulture CIC

25 March 2020

LimeCulture’s Plan to Manage Impact of Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Over the weekend, the Directors of LimeCulture put in place a plan for LimeCulture to manage the impact of Corona virus (COVID-19). Our plan will be continuously monitored by our Senior Management Team and any necessary changes made as required, and communicated as necessary.

At present, the Directors of LimeCulture have agreed that we will continue to operate a ‘business as usual’ model. This means that all of our training, events, reviews, site visits and meetings will go ahead as scheduled and planned. We will be working with our partners, including training venues, to ensure that hand-washing facilities and general standards of cleanliness are acceptable and in line with the Government’s advice.

In the event of changing Government advice, or should LimeCulture’s ability to deliver on our commitments become impossible, we will update our plan accordingly and communicate this with clients, customers and partners as quickly as possible in order to reduce the impact on others as best we can.

For more information about Corona Virus pleased visit the Government’s website for official advice. 

LimeLight Awards 2020: Shortlisted Nominations Announced!

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2020 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the 5thNational Conference for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Once again, here at LimeCulture we have been absolutely blown away by the nominations that have been sent in for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We’ve received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which is absolutely fantastic and shows the commitment to support these awards.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, which was completed in two stages; an initial sift (which selected 6 nominations in each category) and a final sift (which selected 3 nominations from the initial sift in each category). These two stages were conducted independently of one another and by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2020

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults

This category looks to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual ISVAs. This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting adults who have demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their adult clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Meryl Bryan – East Kent Rape Crisis 
  2. Gayna Williams – Survivors Manchester
  3. Yvonne Raybone – Amethyst SARC

Award 2: Vicky Bardsley Prize: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People

This LimeLight Award is in honour and memory of Vicky Bardsley, an accredited ISVA who worked at Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) supporting Children and Young People. Vicky sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015 leaving behind her family, many friends and her committed colleagues at RSVP, and a positive legacy for the many sexually abused children and young people that she has supported.

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting children and young people who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their young clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Kirsty Stupple – Castle Service (Victim Support Lincolnshire)
  2. Yvonne Howarth – St.Mary’s SARC Manchester
  3. Stephanie Atkinson – Imara, Nottingham

Award 3: ISVA Team/Service Innovation Award

This award looks to recognise UK-based ISVA teams or services of all sizes and sectors who are leading the way in the provision of ISVA services. This LimeLight award seeks to reward an ISVA team or service that has made a significant contribution to supporting their clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. St Mary’s SARC
  2. Arch North East
  3. Amethyst SARC

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager

This category looks to reward UK-based Managers of ISVA Teams or Services. This LimeLight Award seeks to recognise and reward an ISVA Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an ISVA Service or Team.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Holli Waterson – RASASC Cheshire and Merseyside
  2. Alisha Thomas – Victim Support West Yorkshire
  3. Cath Wakeman – Imara, Nottingham

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that has been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award. With the existence of such a committed and dynamic ISVA workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement. Each of the shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud of this important professional achievement.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an ISVA, ISVA Team or a Manager for a LimeLight Award. There are clearly a whole range of individuals, teams and Managers providing excellent services throughout the country!  From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support. Well done to each and every one of you!

The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Katy Woodger who is a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board. Katy has been given the responsibility of selecting the winner of each category, which will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Through the introduction of the LimeLight Awards in 2016, LimeCulture was seeking to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

We are delighted that the awards are now in their 5th year and are growing from strength to strength with more nominations being submitted each year.

At LimeCulture we believe that ISVAs deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence. The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of ISVAs and their services.

Luke Martin joins LimeCulture to develop Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse

LimeCulture is delighted to announce that Luke Martin has joined their team as a Consultant Project Manager to lead the development of new Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse. 

This exciting project is being funded by the Home Office and will seek to engage commissioners, service providers and importantly, male victims/survivors of domestic abuse, in the development of new standards that aim to improve quality and consistency of the services available to support males.

Luke brings with him a wealth of professional knowledge and experience in the domestic abuse sector. His impressive career includes working as a frontline professional supporting victims/survivors and as a trainer working with frontline professionals to develop their skills to support victims/survivors. Luke has also previously worked within a Local Authority, which provided him with invaluable experience of working within a commissioning organisation responsible for domestic abuse services. He is an adept project manager, with experience of delivering similar projects to support male victims/survivors. 

 

In the coming weeks, Luke will be begin consulting with professionals and services currently supporting males, commissioners and funders of domestic abuse services, and directly with male victims/survivors of domestic abuse in order to:

  • gather information which will enable us to develop Quality Standard that are fit for purpose and address the quality expectations of services supporting males
  • seek professional and service providers views on the scope of the quality standards, and what they should include
  • engage with male victims/survivors about their experiences of accessing support services to ensure their views are central to the development of the Quality Standards. 

For more information about the development of the Quality Standards for Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse please contact Luke.Martin@limeculture.co.uk

 

LimeCulture Now Taking Nominations for ISVA LimeLight Awards 2020!

LimeCulture is excited to be hosting the 5th National Conference for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) ‘Knowledge & Network”, which will take place on 5 March 2020 in Manchester.

ISVAs are part of an important workforce that have been increasing in size and recognition over the last decade. It is widely recognised that ISVAs play an integral role in providing support and responding to those who have experienced sexual violence. This national conference will bring together professionals to share knowledge and provide a unique opportunity to network with other members of the ISVA workforce.

Once again, LimeCulture is delighted that the 2020 conference will incorporate a special ceremony to present the LimeLight Awards, which were introduced by Sir Keir Starmer at the 2016 National ISVA Conference to provide professional recognition for the amazing work that is undertaken by ISVAs throughout the UK.

LimeCulture is keen to ensure that the outstanding contributions and achievements of these professionals who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work as ISVAs continue to be properly recognised through the LimeLight Awards.

There are 4 LimeLight Awards:

  • Award 1: Award for Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults
  • Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize – Award for Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children and Young People
  • Award 3: Limelight ISVA Team/Service Innovation Award
  • Award 4: Award for Inspirational ISVA Manager

Anyone can nominate an individual ISVA, an ISVA Manager or an ISVA Team or Service by simply completing a nomination form – you can also nominate yourself or your own team. Nominations close on 4 February 2020. More information about how to nominate can be found by clicking here

Rachael Bloomer is an ISVA working at SafeLink, an ISVA service based in Bristol supporting victims/survivors from across the whole of Avon and Somerset. Rachael was the winner of the 2018 LimeLight Award for Outstanding Achievement for an ISVA Supporting Adults. She says

“It felt really heartwarming that one of my team had taken the time to nominate me. Being valued by service users and by colleagues makes the job a whole load easier and this was a lovely gesture of recognition from someone who I knew was so busy (and deserved the recognition as much as me!)

For more information about last year’s LimeLight Awards and the inspirational winners of each category please click here

Knowledge & Network will include a topical range of speakers, workshops and designated time to network and meet peers. The focus of the event will be aimed at improving operational responses and ISVA practices. The event should be viewed as continued professional development.

To book your place at the National ISVA Conference please click here. 

LimeLight Awards 2019: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2019 LimeLight Awards.  The winners will be revealed by Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, during a special ceremony at our inaugural Sexual Violence Liaion Oficer (SVLO) conference on Tuesday 10th December 2019 in London.

The LimeLight Awards are being introduced for the first time for qualified SVLOs and SVMLOs (in Scotland) working in universities and HEIs with the aim of acknowledging the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual SVLOs/SVMLOs, SVLO/SVMLO Teams and SVLO/SVMLO Managers.

LimeCulture are keen to celebrate the excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence demonstrated by SVLOs and SVMLOs through their work and will be presenting the awards at our inaugural SVLO Conference on 10th December 2019 in London.

There are 3 LimeLight Awards:

  • Award for an individual SVLO/SVMLO
  • Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Team
  • Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Manager

Here at LimeCulture we have been absolutely blown away by the nominations that have been sent in for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We’ve received brilliant nominations in each of the three categories, which is absolutely fantastic and shows the commitment to support these awards.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2019

Award 1: LimeLight Award for Outstanding Achievement by a SVLO or SVMLO

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual SVLO/SVMLO supporting students who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their clients.

Our 2019 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

Jill Austen, Buckinghamshire New University

Pete Mandeville, University of Oxford

 

Award 2:  LimeLight Award for a SVLO or SVMLO Team / Service.

This award looks to recognise and reward UK-based SVLO/SVMLO teams or services of all sizes who are leading the way in the provision of SVLO/SVMLO services, regardless of how long the service has been established, who are delivering new and innovative practice.

Our 2019 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

University of Oxford

University of Stirling

 

Award 3: LimeLight Award for an Inspirational SVLO/SVMLO Manager

This LimeLight award seeks to recognise and reward a SVLO/SVMLO Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an SVLO/SVMLO Service or Team.

Our 2019 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

Julie Spencer, University of Lincoln

Annie Jennings, London South Bank University

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that have been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award.  With the existence of such a committed and dynamic SVLO workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement.  Each of the shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud of this important professional achievement.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an SVLO, SVMLO, Team or Manager for a LimeLight Award.  There are clearly many individuals, teams and managers providing excellent services throughout the country.  From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support.  Well done to each and every one of you!

The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull.  Professor Lea is also a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board and has agreed to select the winner of each category, which will be announced at the inaugural conference on 10th December.

 

 

Independent Accreditation of ISVA Services – Update!

As we approach the end of the first year of our Independent Accreditation programme for the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services, we’ve been taking a look at the mostly highs and lows (missed travel connections – nothing to do with the standards programme!).  We’ve been working with lots of ISVA services from up and down the country, but in addition to travelling a fair few miles we thought we would share with you some of our thoughts at this time.

At the start of the year we were thrilled to welcome Charlotte Bond to the team as an Accreditation Manager.  Charlotte is an experienced ISVA, and since joining us she has been leading our work on accrediting the ISVA quality standards and is the brains behind the evidence guide, and frequently asked questions.  With the addition of a second Accreditation Manager, and two separate accreditation programmes with over fifty services enrolled at any one time as you can imagine there is some quite complicated programme management, and other logistics and so in the spring Rachel Donald joined the team to take responsibility for all our administration.  Rachel has been keeping us on the straight and narrow ever since.

Over the summer, our lead Accreditation Manager for the Male Quality Standards programme, Tom Leavesley-Matthews, left us for pastures new.  We have been looking for the right person to fill the space he left, and we are delighted to be able to confirm that we have been able to appoint.  Our latest recruit will be joining us to work on the programme soon which also means we will be back to full strength by the end of the year.

We always knew that ISVA services can vary considerably between providers and commissioners, and across geographical areas.  Throughout the process, we have been capturing any learning points identified to keep our published guidance documents up to date and we have also written a Frequently Asked Questions document to address these. (available at https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation/).

Despite the differences, we have also found some common challenges services experience. Obtaining valuable feedback and wellbeing outcomes are often listed a consistent difficulty, due to the nature of the work and the vulnerabilities of the clients involved.  However, a very positive theme we identify in a lot of services is the commitment to prioritise staff & client welfare.

As you are aware, the process from self-assessment to site visit and accreditation takes around a year to complete.  Our aim for each service is to work with them to ensure that they have realistic action plans and a work programme to achieve accreditation within a year of starting the process.  Some services have been very proactive and have achieved the award well within the year timescale.  They have given us some really positive feedback about the support they have received from the accreditation team, and we are really pleased to have been given permission to share this with you.

‘We have found the experience supportive and beneficial to us as an organisation from start to finish.  It really did feel like you were working alongside us to ensure that we had the best possible service for our clients.’ FreeVA

 

I would personally like to thank your team for all their support and guidance, they made the process a lot less daunting than expected…thank you!SV2

We are currently accepting applications for the next wave due to commence in January 2020. If you would like to join the programme and be able to promote your ISVA service with the Quality Mark, visit https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation/ or email accreditation@limeculture.co.uk for more information.

SVLO LimeLight Awards 2019 – Nominations now open!

LimeCulture are delighted to share with you details of our LimeLight Awards to be presented at our SVLO Conference on 10th December 2019, Woburn House, London.

The LimeLight Awards are being introduced for the first time for qualified Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (Sexual Violence & Misconduct Liaison Officers in Scotland) working in universities and HEIs with the aim of acknowledging the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual SVLOs/SVMLOs, SVLO/SVMLO Teams and SVLO/SVMLO Managers. LimeCulture are keen to celebrate the excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence demonstrated by SVLOs and SVMLOs through their work.

There are 3 LimeLight Awards:

  • Award for an individual SVLO/SVMLO
  • Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Team
  • Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Manager

By the end of 2019, we will have supported more than 200 SVLOs and SVMLOs from 44 different universities to complete our accredited SVLO/SVMLO Development Programme and work within their universities to deliver high-quality, independent and professional support services to students reporting sexual violence within universities. We have been delighted to see the increase in the number of universities adopting the SVLO/SVMLO model.  With this increase, we are also seeing universities commit to provision of high-quality, innovative, professional services that meet the complex needs of the people who use the services.

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 who have experienced 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.

This year’s LimeLight Awards will be presented at our inaugural SVLO Conference ‘The Sexual Violence Liaison Officer Model: Sharing the Learning and Enabling Progress’ on 10th December 2019 at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ.

Why enter?

Winning an award will bring unparalleled recognition for the teams and individuals behind the outstanding achievements.  You or your nominee will benefit from national publicity, recognition for being the best in your field and the chance to share best practice.

If you know a SVLO or SVMLO, a team of SVLOs/SVMLOs or a SVLO/SVMLO manager that you think are deserving of an award, why not nominate them?  Perhaps you have been doing some exciting and innovative work with the people you work with? If so, why not nominate your own team for an award?

How to enter?

The nomination for any LimeLight Award can be submitted between Wednesday 18th September and Friday 1st November 2019

For further information, guidance and nomination forms please visit our LimeLight Awards 2019 page.

Managing Risk Related to Sexual Misconduct in Universities

It seems that hardly a week goes by without a story in the national media about sexual violence within universities. Many of these articles focus on the way in which the university has responded to a report of sexual violence and any processes (such as disciplinary processes) they put in place to respond to and manage this”

Since 2016, when the Changing the Culture Report was published and the subsequent publication of Universities UK and Pinsent Masons Guidance, LimeCulture has been working alongside a range of universities to support them to develop their strategic responses to sexual misconduct, with a focus on the importance of establishing clear lines of accountability, ownership and escalation.

In addition to working with individual universities, by the end of this calendar year LimeCulture will have provided accredited training to over 200 staff from 44 different universities across the UK enabling them to work as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (Sexual Violence and Misconduct Liaison Officers in Scotland).  We are thrilled that the SVLO (SVMLO) model has been adopted across so many institutions. There is clear evidence that this approach, which involves the identification and up-skilling of specialist staff within the university to act as the key people to manage the response to a reported incident of sexual violence affecting a member of the university community, is successful.

Kim Doyle, LimeCulture’s Joint CEO saidwhere universities adopt and implement the SVLO model within a planned strategic framework to manage sexual misconduct effectively by the university, we have seen that it results in victims/survivors having access to a safe, effective and accessible service to support them following their experience of sexual misconduct. This approach provides an appropriate organisational response to the management of risk and facilitates the provision of appropriate actions under the university’s disciplinary code for students.”

LimeCulture encourage universities to understand and recognise that to be effective, the university response must also involve an understanding of risk and how to manage this effectively. The identification of key personnel within the institution who take responsibility and ownership of specific risks is key, albeit that ownership of different types of risk may well rest in different places across the institution.  These risks are often multiple and complex, and may relate to the individual victim/survivor, the criminal justice process, the university itself or to the wider student community, for example. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that universities are in a position where they can identify and successfully manage and mitigate such risks. As such, LimeCulture strongly advise that universities should conduct a thorough risk assessment for each case which seeks to identify and assess all risks across the relevant functions of the university – for example: disciplinary processes, human resources, student services, codes of conduct, academics, student and staff contracts, investigations and sanctions including suspensions. Only then will the university be able to properly manage these risks effectively.

We know, however, from our work with university colleagues that, unfortunately there is no single risk assessment or management tool that is used by universities. This undoubtedly makes the consistent identification and management of risks more challenging for universities and has resulted in range of approaches to risk management being adopted- some more successfully than others.  Furthermore, although all institutions are different, it is clear that if there was a common approach across the university sector, then it would strengthen the sector’s response as a whole.

Many of the universities that we have worked with, and indeed Universities UK, have told us they feel that a university-specific risk assessment would support them to respond more appropriately when a student or staff member reports sexual misconduct.  Over the last year or so, LimeCulture has been talking to a number of universities about what such a risk assessment tool should contain in order for it to be effective to support them manage sexual misconduct within their universities. The key things that universities told us is that any tool needs to include a series of domains which allows the university to identify and manage the risk of the:

  • Reporting student (or staff member)
  • Responding student (or staff member)
  • University/organisational considerations
  • Criminal Justice/Disciplinary considerations

The universities also told us that any such tool:

  • Needs to be valid over time (either of a case or for the duration of the relationship between the university and the individual in order to discharge effectively the university’s duty of care)
  • Has to facilitate the appropriate management of confidentiality
  • needs to fit with the work of specialised sexual violence services (as where these are involved, they will be assessing and managing risk)
  • Should provide a framework for support workers to manage their clients
  • Must provide university risk management panels with relevant information
  • Has to be effective for recent and non-recent cases and where anonymous reports are made or the responding person is not known.

Following these discussions about risk, and approaches to LimeCulture from universities specifically requesting support around identification and management of risks, LimeCulture is keen to develop a tool that can be used by the university sector.  LimeCulture is a social enterprise and is set up as a Community Interest Company meaning it is a not-for-profit-making organisation.  As such, we will undertake work where it supports our endeavours to realise our vision and values.  This means we will undertake development projects to support the sectors we work with.  We are delighted to be able to confirm that our Directors have agreed that we will be developing a bespoke risk assessment tool for managing sexual misconduct in universities, with the intention of launching the tool in December at our SVLO Conference

Earlier in the summer, we kicked off this project in earnest and held two consultation workshops in London and Manchester with representatives from universities invited from across the UK. Both events were well attended by staff with a wide range of responsibilities including student services, conduct and discipline, security, HR, complaints, welfare and well-being and immigration.  Importantly, our discussions were with staff from universities that have adopted the SVLO model and universities that have not yet taken this approach.  We would like to convey our thanks once again to all the attendees for giving up their time and sharing their expertise with us.

We had fantastic and informative conversations about all things risk-related including how we use language when we are talking or thinking about risk.  We also asked attendees specific questions to enable us to progress the development work in  way that will benefit universities both operationally and strategically.

These discussions focused on:

  • A potential model of risk management (shown here) including whether this would be effective for non-recent reports, anonymous reports and where a report to the police is made
  • The university’s duty of care to reporting and responding individuals and how this is managed in practice
  • How risk assessment and management in the university links to specialist or expert support either within, or external to, the university
  • The exit points from the risk management process and how this works in practice
  • The role of risk management panels, who sits on them and how they work in different institutions

Needless to say, all of this has given us very useful and interesting feedback and our core team have been pulling together the information gathered from the workshops in order to develop the risk tool over the summer (in between some well-deserved holidays).  Our plan is to consult further with a small number of universities around late October so that we can be sure that the tool that we are developing is fit for purpose and meets the needs of universities in the management of sexual misconduct cases. We’ll also be discussing the development of the tool with some of the professional bodies or associations that students and university staff belong to get their ideas and input. We are committed to launching the tool at our inaugural SVLO Conference on 10 December 2019 in London.

It is our strongly held view that training on the tool is an absolute imperative if it is to be used effectively. Therefore, over the next six months, we are will be thinking about how best the tool could be rolled out to universities who wish to use it.

If you have any thoughts about this or about anything else mentioned in this blog post please share them with us by emailing universities@limeculture.co.uk

 

Safety and Support (SAS) Assessment Workshops: You asked us…we did it!

The Safety and Support (SAS) Assessment for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) was launched by LimeCulture back in 2017. Since then, the SAS is now widely used by the majority of ISVA services to identify, monitor and manage the individual risk and needs of clients. It is the foundation for the Support Plans that are put in place by ISVAs to ensure that individual clients are supported effectively. 

Back in 2017, LimeCulture held 12 training workshops, reaching over 100 ISVAs, on the safe use of the SAS Assessment which was developed for ISVAs by LimeCulture with funding from the Home Office. SAS Assessment training is now also included on the LimeCulture ISVA Development Programme for new ISVAs, reaching 75-100 more new ISVAs each year. However, LimeCulture has received numerous requests from ISVA service managers and experienced ISVAs to provide further training sessions on the use of the SAS Assessment to continue to support ISVAs to effectively manage their clients’ support.

In response to these requests, LimeCulture designed a series of dial-in workshops to improve confidence and competence in using the SAS Assessment. This series of dial-in workshops will means that ISVAs are not required to travel to attend training, they can dial-in to have direct access to the LimeCulture Trainers as part of small group of ISVAs, which will allow for meaningful discussion and the opportunity to ask questions about the practical use of the SAS Assessment and how it can be best used to support ISVA service provision.  The cost of the training is £56 + VAT per person. 

 

If you are interested in attending one of the dial-in workshops in this series, please express an interest by emailing  info@limeculture.co.uk where you will be given further details of the training and the available dates in this series of dial-in training.