Bookings Open for the 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. The event will be held online.

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.

 

Although the content of the day will be tailored towards supporting and informing SVLOs and other University sexual violence support workers, the sessions may also be valuable for a broader range of professionals working in the University and/ or sexual violence sector.

Please do book on if you feel as though it could be useful for you, and feel free to make contact with us if you have any questions or concerns at this time.

Details of the agenda will be added over the next few months; however, the day will start with a welcoming address, followed by plenary sessions specifically focused on disclosure and reporting processes in the role of the SVLO.

Moving into the afternoon, there will be an opportunity for attendees to attend smaller Elective Workshops, focused on more specific areas of working in the context of sexual misconduct in Higher Education. These workshops will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with specialists in the field, as well as share best practice with colleagues, in a smaller group setting.

After the Elective Workshops, there will be further plenary sessions and opportunities to ask questions and share best practice with colleagues.

The Conference will conclude with our LimeLight Awards. More information on the LimeLight Awards to follow soon!

Places cost £85 +VAT , click here to see our booking page

If you require further information please contact us info@limeculture.co.uk

 

 

 

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.

Workshops

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.

Symposium

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SVLOConference2021

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.

LimeCulture Welcomes 30th Cohort to ISVA Development Programme

This week LimeCulture has welcomed their newest cohort of Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) to the first module of our ISVA Development Programme. This cohort of ISVAs are the 30th group to embark on our specialist training course for ISVAs since the accredited course was launched in September 2011.

LimeCulture’s ISVA Development Programme has been developed and delivered by our expert trainers, who have all either worked as an ISVA,  managed a team of ISVAs or regularly work along side ISVAs in their professional roles. The demand for our ISVA Development Programme has continued to grow year on year, with the majority of ISVAs services across the UK choosing LimeCulture to training their ISVAs.

LimeCulture has supported hundreds of ISVAs since 2011 by providing specialist training that arms them with the skills and knowledge to undertake the ISVA role effectively and safely. We’re absolutely delighted to begin training for our 30th group of ISVAs.

LimeCulture’s Training Division continuously review and monitor the ISVA Development Programme to ensure that the course content and materials are up-to-date and relevant. Our review cycle ensures that the ISVA Development Programme is updated to reflect and incorporate operational developments and any changes in ISVA practices so that ISVAs are able to embed their learning into operational practice.

LimeCulture is delighted that the ISVA Development Programme is consistently rated as ‘excellent’ by ISVAs who attend from across the sector.  We ask for regular and honest feedback from the ISVAs attending the course. To improve the course and ensure that it continues to support ISVAs as effectively as possible, we ask ISVAs to provide specific feedback as they complete each of the 6 modules of the ISVA Development Programme. We carefully analyse and consider all of their views and suggestions to ensure the course is as good as it can possibly be from the ISVAs point of view.  

In the last 12 months (since January 2020) LimeCulture’s ISVA Development Programme has been attended by 150 individual ISVAs. These ISVAs come from over 65 different ISVA services across the UK, creating a fantastic and unique opportunity for ISVAs to share learning and experiences from operational practice with their peers as a significant element of their training.

Due to the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISVA Development Programme was adapted for online delivery in summer 2020 and is currently being delivered using an online platform to ensure the safety of the ISVAs and our staff.

For more information about our training, please email us on info@limeculture.co.uk

 

Our Upcoming Courses for ISVAs

ISVA Development Programme – the next available course will start in May 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Advanced Development Programme (ADP) Elective 1 for ISVAs supporting clients with specific needs – the next available course will take place on 17, 18 & 19 March 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Advanced Development Programme (ADP) Elective 2 for ISVAs supporting children and young people – the next available course will take place on 2, 3 & 4 February 2021. Please click here to book a place.

Workshop for ISVA Managers – the next available course will take place on 16 & 17 March 2021. Please click here to book a place.

 

 

Booking Now – Spreading Excellence – Free Workshop Programme 2021

‘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.  Membership includes commissioners and service providers as well as leaders from the Home Office, NHS, Crown Prosecution Service, Police and the Ministry of Justice . 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.

Our new project fully funded by the Home Office for 2020/21  has a focus on improving services for children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse.

The Spreading Excellence National Working Group has supported the development of a series of five free virtual workshops. The intention is to bring around 25 stakeholders to each workshop.

The workshops will examine the main themes of commissioning and delivering services for children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse (CSA).

We have arranged for expert speakers to share their experiences of either providing, commissioning and/or researching CSA. Additionally LimeCulture will be working with service providers to ensure that the voice of lived experienced is reflected during the workshops.

The purpose of each workshop is for participants to work collaboratively to identify the main challenges within these key areas, and to identify solutions and/or best practice.

A printable programme is available to download Spreading Excellence Workshop Programme 2021 (PDF)

Booking 

These free workshops will be delivered virtually via Zoom and can be booked online using the links below.

Workshop Title – Best Practice Case Study Date
Commissioning CSA Services – Lincolnshire OPCC & Centre of Expertise on CSA (CSA Centre) – Book here  9th of February 2021
Providing CSA services – The Green House –Book here  11th of February 2021
Multi-agency support models  – The Lighthouse – Book here 23rd of February 2021
Meeting the needs of victims of CSA  including Criminal Justice Service – Imara – Book here  25th of February 2021
Supporting professionals to respond to victims of CSA – CSA Centre) – Book here 2nd of March 2021

Who should attend?

Providers of CSA support services; practitioners or managers (CHISVA, Children and Young People Counselling Services and Social Care Safeguarding Leads), Commissioners of CSA services and Researchers in Practice.

Report and Symposium

LimeCulture will review the findings from the five workshops and these will published via an online national symposium on the 30th of March 2021. Booking will be available shortly.

Should you require any further information please contact spreading.excellence@limeculture.co.uk

LimeCulture launches new accredited course for Lead Safeguarding Officers in Sport

There is no question that sport plays a vital role in maintaining physical and mental good health for millions of children and adults across the world, but the sad reality is the extensive harm done to children, adults, families, and sporting organisations when abuse in sport occurs.

Driven by the need to professionalise the response to safeguarding in sport, LimeCulture has developed an innovative new accredited training programme for Lead Safeguarding Officers in Sport. Supported by Sport England, LimeCulture are excited to launch the Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme.

The accredited 6-module Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme is the first of its kind and has been designed to support Lead Safeguarding Officers to develop a strategic and holistic response to safeguarding, whilst embedding the values and principles of safeguarding into the culture, environment and operations of their respective sports. Each of the 6 modules will be taught over 2 consecutive says, over a 6 month period.

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to launch this new training programme specifically designed for Lead Safeguarding Officers in Sport’ says Phil Doorgachurn, Director of Safeguarding at LimeCulture.

Despite some high profile criticisms and calls to improve the handling of safeguarding concerns in sport, until now, there has never been a dedicated training programme of this kind to support sports to move forward in their organisational approach towards safer outcomes in sport”

Designed to equip Lead Safeguarding Officers with the required skills and expertise to provide a consistent, robust and proactive response to safeguarding in sport, the programme will focus on safeguarding in the context of both prevention and response.

This comprehensive innovative training programme has been written in consultation with sporting organisations, the Sport England Advisory Panel, leading sector experts and academics. It considers inclusivity and the human rights agenda, reflecting on lessons learnt and how to implement positive change throughout an organisation.

 “We have worked alongside a whole range of professionals and experts to develop this course for Lead Safeguarding Officers. We are delighted that Sport England have supported us to roll this out nationally across all sports as we believe it will make such a positive difference”.

The first Lead Safeguarding Officer in Sport Development Programme will begin in January 2021 and will take place via an online platform due to the current concerns and uncertainty resulting from Covid-19. We expect the demand for the course to be high and will be scheduling more dates for further intakes soon.

To find out more about the Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme and how to apply please click here

To find out more about LimeCulture’s Safeguarding in Sport Programme, please visits our website https://limeculture.co.uk/sport/ or drop us an email info@limeculture.co.uk

LimeCulture Expands Training Division to Meet Increased Demand for ISVA Training

In March, when the restrictions imposed as a result of covid-19 were introduced by the Government, LimeCulture Training Division was forced to pause all of our scheduled training for ISVAs.

In any single ‘normal’ year, we have four separate cohorts (of 25 ISVAs each) attending our accredited six-module ISVA Development Programme, and up to five cohorts attending our accredited Advanced Development Programme (ADP) Electives for experienced ISVAs. The reality of this is that at any given time, our Training Division will be working with multiple ISVAs and our training schedule has to be very well planned!

So the restrictions put in place in March were not only a blow to us, but also the 50 ISVAs who were part way through their training with us. A further cohort of 25 ISVAs were due to start their training in May but all of their training was put on hold for the safety of the ISVAs and our staff. Our training schedule went out the window on 23 March 2020 and we struggled to work out how best to manage under increasing uncertainty.

In all honesty, initially we were very resistant to moving our ISVA training online, despite lots of requests from ISVAs to resume training again. LimeCulture has built our reputation through consistently delivering the highest quality training to over 1000 ISVAs since 2011. Our training, developed over the last nine years is continuously reviewed and updated to make sure the content remains relevant and provides a tried and tested method of delivery, which is operational in focus, and equips ISVAs to carry out their complex roles and embed their learning in everyday practice.

High quality training is absolutely key to this, every aspect of the 12-day course has been carefully considered and designed to meet the learning objectives and outcomes crucial to provide ISVAs with the right level of training. This supports them to perform their roles professionally and safely and to support victims/survivors of sexual violence to navigate the criminal justice system, health, social care services and other specialist support services with confidence and competence. 

We are immensely proud of our contribution to professionalising the ISVA workforce and ensure that ISVAs are now recognised as professionals. This means we continue to be the leading provider of ISVA training in the UK, who the vast majority of ISVA Services trust to train their staff.

A significant part of our training is based on the value that is provided by bringing delegates together, from across the country and different types of services – to network, learn from each other and share practice.  Many of the ISVAs we have trained continue their professional relationships beyond their training and throughout their careers. We were concerned that moving the training to online might impact on the quality of those relationships and networking opportunities and so we held firm, possibly rather naively, that we would simply wait until we could return to face to face delivery.

However, in July, due to continued COVID19 risks and associated restrictions it became clear that face to face delivery of ISVA training was not going to be possible any time soon, and with an influx of ISVAs trying to book on to our courses, requests from Managers of ISVA Services for us to start training again coming in almost daily – as well as the backlog of ISVAs who were part way through their courses –  we were forced to reconsider our options….

Throughout late April, May and June, with funding from the Ministry of Justice, our Training Division delivered a series of ‘Coping & Connecting” Sessions to support ISVAs during the first lockdown. Having delivered 38 Online Sessions to 241 individual ISVAs from 77 different ISVA services, our learning from each session, combined with the fantastic feedback that we received, gave us the confidence to look again at how we might deliver our ISVA training in a different format.

Throughout July and August, our Training Division took on the enormous task of redesigning our ISVA training courses for online delivery, working closely with our independent accreditor to make sure that we could retain the quality, and meet their expectations in terms of assessment criteria. For us, the most important thing was ensuring that ISVAs who attend an online training course do not receive a lesser standard of training to those who have attended a face to face course. We’re not going to lie; this has been tricky!

We know the true value of our training comes from the things that happen in the training room – the conversations that take place between ISVAs around a table, the anecdotes the trainers respond with when asked specific questions, the unique characters that make up each cohort and bring light relief to what are often hard subjects to absorb – and we realised that we needed to recreate these opportunities in a ‘virtual’ class room, where people who have never met, feel comfortable and at ease to share their experiences and the professional challenges they face.

After lots of time spent changing lesson plans, moving content, reformatting group exercises and brushing up on our technology skills, we delivered our first online training to ISVAs in late August and…. it went brilliantly! We delivered it to a cohort who were part way through their training when the restrictions were imposed, so we already knew them and they knew each other so that was a helpful starting point. We also incorporated everything that technology could offer – breakout rooms, chat functions, polls, additional screens – and ended up with a fantastic result. The ISVAs loved it and the feedback was fantastic. They were able to share and learn from each other just as effectively, albeit in a different way. One ISVA commented ‘the only downside to online training is that there isn’t the same opportunity to sample the nightlife that Manchester provides!’.

Since then and with more and more ISVAs being recruited nationally, we have seen a huge increase in demand for our ISVA Training with bookings significantly increasing  and resulted in additional programmes being added to our training calendar. We’re working through the backlog of training created by the pause in delivery between March and August and we’ve added a further three ISVA Development Programmes to meet the demand. Our Training Division have done a wonderful job of staying on top of all the requests.

Despite all the ongoing uncertainty created by COVID19, we have our training schedule back in place! We’ve also recruited a new Training Manager to expand our Training division and provide us with additional capacity to allow us do more. We are very grateful to all the ISVA Services who continue to put their trust in us to deliver high quality ISVA training for their staff despite the challenges that COVID19 has put in our way.

We’ve been delivering online training every week since the end of August, and each time we are getting more proficient at using the technology. Its certainly a different experience for ISVAs, but we are assured that the quality that ISVAs expect from LimeCulture has been retained even though we are delivering it differently.

What the ISVAs say about the transition to online training.

‘I think that the training was still at an exceptional level despite the change to an online platform’. 

‘The varied methods used kept me interested and engaged’.

‘Facilitators work well together, the days did not feel rushed.  There was good interaction with the delegates, it felt very inclusive.  An enjoyable course.’

‘It is hard to do training like this over Zoom but you both made it engaging and easy to follow.  Thank you!’

Bernie Ryan, Director of Training, LimeCulture

For more information about LimeCulture’s training for ISVAs, please see our website or contact us by email info@limeculture.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you!

To book a place on our next available ISVA Development Programme starting in January 2021, please use the online booking form here

To book a place on our next available Advanced Development Programme Elective 1 (Supporting Clients with Specific Needs) starting in March 2021, please use the online booking form here

To book a place on our next available Advanced Development Programme Elective 2 (Supporting Children and Young People) starting in February 2021, please use the online booking form here

To book a place on our next available Advanced Development Programme Elective 3 (Supporting Older People) starting in March 2021, please use the online booking form here

To book a place on our next available Workshop for ISVA Managers, starting in March 2021, please use the online booking form here