LimeCulture welcomes 1st wave ISVA Services to Independent Accreditation Programme

LimeCulture recently opened their Independent Accreditation Programme to Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services who wish to be independently accredited again the Quality Standards for ISVA Services. These standards were launched at the National ISVA Conference in November 2018 and were developed by LimeCulture after a year-long period of consultation with ISVA Service providers, commissioners and people who have been supported by ISVA Services.

We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of ISVA Services who have applied to join the Independent Accreditation Programme” explains Jo Seward, Director of Operations at LimeCulture. “We knew from the development work that we did with ISVA Service providers and commissioners that there was a lot of support amongst the sector for Quality Standards for ISVA Services”

 

The rationale for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services are now well understood by ISVA Service Providers and Commissioners. Their purpose is to ensure that:

  • Every victim/survivor should be able to access a high-quality, well managed ISVA service, wherever they are in the country, regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality or beliefs
  • Ensure that there is consistency in the quality of the support that is being provided by ISVA Services
  • Bench-mark for individual services to monitor their provision against, and also act as a driver to improve quality and consistency across ISVA services collectively
  • For providers, the Quality Standards set out the expectations for the organisational leadership and staff teams, and the client experience
  • For Commissioners, the Quality Standards provide a framework for the development and monitoring of the ISVA services they commission

There is also a huge amount of support for the independent nature of the accreditation against these Quality Standards. “The vast majority of Providers and Commissioners clearly acknowledge that accreditation against the Quality Standards must be from an external organisation that is able to independently validate the quality of the service provision” explains Jo. “In order to ensure that victims/survivors can access high quality ISVA services without a postcode lottery, we must ensure that the Quality Standards are being consistently applied by ISVA Services, regardless of where they are located or who is providing that service”.

LimeCulture ran an application process between December 2018 and January 2019 inviting ISVA Services to join the 1st wave of services joining the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for ISVA Services. “For planning reasons, we limited the number of ISVA Services who could join in the first wave but we were delighted by just how many ISVA Services applied to join the first wave. The good news is that we have adapted our model to allow for more services to join the programme. We’ll now be running a rolling programme of scheduled intakes, which means that ISVA Services can join at set points throughout this year and next”.

The 1st wave of ISVA Services came together for the first time on Wednesday this week in Manchester where they attended the Accreditation Workshop delivered by LimeCulture’s Accreditation Team. The Accreditation workshop sets out the accreditation process, the timeframe and what is expected from ISVA Services in order to demonstrate that they are achieving the Quality Standards. It provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the Quality Standards in detail and exactly what level of evidence LimeCulture’s Accreditation Team will require in order to issue the ISVA Services with our quality mark, the external validation against the Quality Standards for ISVA Services.

“The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet the wave 1 services and talk through with them exactly what can be expected from the accreditation process” explains Jo. “Our Accreditation Team have the benefit of already working with over 20 services who are working towards the accreditation process for the Male Survivor Partnership’s Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of sexual violence (with further services due to start that process imminently), so we have utilised the experience of those services of going through the accreditation process, to inform these new ISVA Services about how it works“.

LimeCulture expect it to take around 1 year for the ISVA Services to reach independent accreditation, which includes a 7-stage process, but it is clear than some services may well reach accreditation more quickly than this. “It really does depend on how close the ISVA Services is to achieving each of the individual quality standards and how quickly they prioritise any actions that they might have in order to demonstrate that they have achieved the Quality Standards. Yesterday’s Accreditation Workshop was a fantastic opportunity to explore this in detail with the wave 1 ISVA Services, by working with them to identify exactly what they have to do in order to reach the requirements of our independent accreditation” explains Jo.

Due to the huge demand from ISVA Services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme, LimeCulture has been able to extend the programme beyond the 1st wave. “We’re now able to open this programme to more ISVA Services at scheduled intakes, which we are delighted to be able to offer” explains Jo. “We’ve already got other ISVA Services signed up to start in May and July, which is brilliant news and goes to show how important the sector feel these Quality Standards are”

LimeCulture is now taking applications from providers or commissioners of ISVA Services to join the programme throughout this year and next. If you would like to join the Independent Accreditation Programme please contact accreditation@limeculture.co.uk to discuss which intake you would like to join. Please note, there are a limited number of places for each intake, but we will work with you to identify a suitable intake date.

LimeCulture hosts Commissioners’ Symposium

As part of our (Home Office funded) Spreading Excellence project, LimeCulture hosted a Commissioners’ Symposium in central London last week (20 February).

The Symposium, which was attended by 40 local commissioners, was an invaluable opportunity to bring together local NHS England, Police and Crime Commissioner offices, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authority commissioners to share knowledge and provide a unique opportunity to focus on improving the provision of sexual violence support services through the commissioning process by:

  • Identifying and exploring common themes, challenges and solutions relating to commissioning of local support services,
  • Sharing examples of success stories, as well as areas for improvement,
  • Providing recommendations of how capacity amongst the sexual violence sector can be stimulated to enable better service provision.

The background to this important work is that many sexual violence services, particular in the voluntary and community sector, are increasingly reliant on funding from local commissioners in order to provide their vital services for victims/survivors of sexual violence. However, many services claim that local commissioners do not understand the importance of the work they do, and are overlooking their services in favour of funding other (often bigger and non specialist) service providers.Many providers also claim they do not have the capacity or expertise to respond to complex procurement tenders,and instead rely on central funding pots for survival.

Conversely, commissioners claim some aspects of the sexual violence voluntary sector is not ‘commissioner ready’, lacking the ability to provide services to meet their specifications and are not always well placed to respond to monitoring requirements because of their lack of resources and capacity.

Despite a general acknowledgement that local sexual violence services are an important provision, to date there has been no forum that brings together commissioners, policy leads, and service providers to focus together on building capacity and capability of sexual violence services. Instead at a national level, these key stakeholder groups broadly work in isolation, meaning their expertise, knowledge and skill is not often brought together to jointly focus on improving outcomes for victims/survivors through building capacity and capability of service provision.

LimeCulture’s Spreading Excellence project aims to ensure freely available and focused support focusing on the commissioning process is available to the whole range of sexual violence voluntary sector organisations. This support will be developed through the engagement of local Commissioners, policy advices and other service providers to meaningfully collaborate.

In November 2018, LimeCulture CIC hosted the first meeting of a newly-formed National Working Group. The Working Group identified that the key enabler for this Project is a specific focus on improving knowledge around the commissioning process relating to sexual violence support services. This will be delivered by coproducing a suite of information guides intended for providers. Resources will be shared online and at a Knowledge & Network Event for sexual violence voluntary sector organisations to build capacity through sharing of learning, experience and suggestions from the Commissioners’ Symposium.

The morning session of the Commissioners’ Symposium included three panel discussions focusing on the policy leads’ view, the providers’ view and the commissioners’ view. All three panels prompted invaluable wider discussion about the challenges faced by providers in relation to local commissioning arrangements, with a number of practical solutions identified that would support service providers with this process.

During the Symposium’s afternoon session, the attendees focused on specific elements of the commissioning cycle with a view to making practical recommendations that can support providers with that process.

LimeCulture would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who attended and contributed to this fantastic event. It was a pleasure to observe the clear commitment to improving services for victims/survivors of sexual violence that exists amongst the full range of commissioners that attended the Symposium.

The key outcome of the Symposium will be the development of practical guidance for providers of sexual violence, which will be launched at a free Knowledge and Network Event for providers that will take place in May 2019.

If you would like to know more about LimeCulture’s Spreading Excellence programme, please email spreading.excellence@limeculture.co.uk

 

10 new services join Independent Accreditation Programme for Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence

Earlier this year, thanks to funding from the Home Office, the Male Survivors Partnership in conjunction with LimeCulture CIC, announced that 10 new services would be able to participate in the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence in 2019 free of charge!

The services who have successfully applied for a place on the programme starting in March are:

1. RASA Merseyside Counselling Service
2. RSVP Counselling Service
3. The Green House
4. Blue Sky Centre SARC
5. PARCS Counselling service
6. The Birchall Trust
7. St Mary’s SARC ISVA Service
8. Harbour Centre SARC ISVA Service Harbour Centre Norfolk Logo
9. The Sunderland Counselling Service
10. Kinergy

 

 

 

Background information

Since their launch in January 2018, the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence have been downloaded hundreds of times, and we already have over thirty services that are working towards accreditation.  This means many services are already working to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of services supporting male victims/survivors.

The Quality Standards and the Implementation Guidance for Commissioners and Service Providers are available online, free of charge: http://www.malesurvivor.co.uk/implementation-guidance-online.pdf

 

There are 24 Quality Standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation. They set out the expectations of the organisation’s leadership, staff and also the client experience.  The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve service provision for male victims/survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.

Sitting alongside the Quality Standards is the Independent Accreditation Programme, delivered by LimeCulture CIC.   The programme will award a Quality Mark to services that demonstrate they meet the Quality Standards through a robust and independent accreditation process of documentary evidence review, interviews and site visits.

The length of time for a service to reach accreditation will vary from service to service and will depend on a number of factors including, for example, how far the service has to go to meet the Quality Standards, and/or how quickly the service can provide evidence to the independent accreditation team to show that they meet the Quality Standards.  The independent accreditation team work with services to identify the appropriate timescales, based on initial self-assessment, service capacity and functions and location of the services being accredited.

Ordinarily, the cost of joining the Independent Accreditation Programme is £3,500 + VAT which covers a service, which is based at a single site.  However the Home Office funding has enabled us to offer 10 services the opportunity to join the Independent Accreditation Programme free of charge!

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

LimeCulture Promotes ‘Self-Care’

This week has seen the LimeCulture staff come together in Manchester for our regular planning  & update meeting. As an organisation that works nationally, our core team members live in different locations across England, so we regularly make time to come together to update, share and plan our work collectively as a team. Our busy schedules and the demands of our work mean that we are all often working in different locations from week to week. By coming together, we are able to share our successes, raise our concerns and highlight any themes that impact on our work as a team.

Our team meeting this month focused on ‘Self-care’ – an important topic that is so often overlooked by many employers. LimeCulture has recently been asked to develop self-care training to frontline professionals working in safeguarding roles. As part of the development of this new course aimed at frontline professionals working at the sharp end of difficult cases, we recognised that while self-care is crucial for them, it is also important for everyone else too. “Self-care shouldn’t be seen as be as exclusive for those who have difficult jobs, or as an afterthought for those who are already stressed out by their jobs” says Phil Doorgachurn, LimeCulture’s Director of Safeguarding in Sport. “taking care of yourself is what enables you to do your job…regardless of your role, your grade, your responsibilities,”

“At LimeCulture our staff are our most important asset. Our organisation is only as good as the people we employ so we want to make sure that they are happy and healthy, and actively taking steps to make sure they remain that way” explains Phil, who developed the training alongside Bernie Ryan, LimeCulture’s Director of Training and Development. “Our work lives are demanding, we work hard to deliver for our clients, often with pressures and conflicting demands on our time” says Phil “We wouldn’t be so effective if we weren’t all looking after our selves properly”.

 

LimeCulture decided to take a whole team approach to self-care, by making it the focus of our team meeting. Bernie and Phil delivered the new ‘Self-care’ training to the rest of the LimeCulture team, focusing on the things we do to look after ourselves individually and how this is working for us.

“Everybody has competing demands in their lives, whether this is family commitments, financial constraints, social events, anything else that means you are pulled in different directions. When you add the pressures of your job to the mix it can be difficult to make sure that you look after yourself properly’ says Phil. ‘Taking a bit of time to prioritise yourself each day is key to staying on top”.

Everybody will have different approaches to looking after themselves and so the LimeCulture team looked at the ways they practice self care individually and whether there is more that they could be doing. “For some people, a walk round the block can be all it takes to clear their head, for others a full workout at the gym will recharge their batteries’ explains Phil, “It might be that making a bit of time to read a book, or write a list, or see a friend will contribute to a more balanced life”.

The feedback on the “self-care’ training from the LimeCulture team was excellent. Joint Chief Executive Kim Doyle commented “It was absolutely fantastic to take time out to focus on our self care. We could have been a tough audience – all of the members of our team are very able professionals who operate at a high level in the field of sexual violence and safeguarding – but the team absolutely recognised that looking after ourselves properly is a key contributor to our individual and collective success’.  Each member of the LimeCulture team now has an individual ‘self care plan’, which were discussed and developed as part of the training. “I am really proud that at LimeCulture we have enabled each member of our team to take responsibility for prioritising taking care of themselves. This is good for each member of the team personally, but will also makes us stronger as a team’.

 

LimeCulture’s Self Care training is now available for delivery to teams of professionals.

If you are interested in this 1-day interactive workshop contact info@limeCulture.co.uk for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications now open for 10 new services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors of Sexual Violence

Following funding from the Home Office, the Male Survivors Partnership in conjunction with LimeCulture CIC, has announced that 10 new services will be able to participate in the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence in 2019 free of charge! Since their launch in January 2018, the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence have been downloaded hundreds of times, and we already have over thirty services are working towards accreditation.  That means many services are already working to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of services supporting male victims/survivors.

The Quality Standards and the Implementation Guidance for Commissioners and Service Providers are available online, free of charge: http://www.malesurvivor.co.uk/implementation-guidance-online.pdf. There are 24 Quality Standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation. They set out the expectations of the organisation’s leadership and staff and also the client experience.  The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve service provision for male victims/survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.

Sitting alongside the Quality Standards is the Independent Accreditation Programme, delivered by LimeCulture CIC.   The programme will award a Quality Mark to services that demonstrate they meet the Quality Standards through a robust and independent accreditation process of documentary evidence review, interviews and site visits.

Ordinarily, the cost of joining the Independent Accreditation Programme is £3,500 + VAT which covers a service, which is based at a single site.  However the Home Office funding has enabled us to offer 10 services the opportunity to join the Independent Accreditation Programme free of charge!

If you would like to join, please ensure you submit your application and self-assessment before 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019 and we will notify services as soon as possible if they have been successful. Please note, as the Home Office funding allows for 10 new services, submission of an application does not guarantee a place on this intake. 

The application form including self-assessment are available from our website here.

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

 

Quality Standards for ISVA Services – Independent Accreditation Programme Launch

In October 2018 at the National ISVA Conference in Birmingham, LimeCulture CIC launched the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services.

The development of these new Quality Standards included consultation with a wide range of ISVA services, commissioners and individuals who have accessed ISVA services.

LimeCulture CIC launched the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services at the National ISVA Conference in Birmingham on 17 October 2018.

They are made up of 20 individual standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation.

The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve ISVA service provision. They set out the expectations for the organisational leadership and staff and the client experience.

The Quality Standards and the implementation guidance for commissioners and service providers are available online https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation free of charge and include information about the background and process of their development.

The main purpose of these Quality Standards is to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of ISVA services across the UK. They create a framework and can be used as a benchmark to drive up standards and improve ISVA service provision.

During the development and consultation phases, ISVA service providers and commissioners reported that ensuring a robust process to independently determine whether ISVA Services are meeting the Quality Standards should be prioritised. To this end, LimeCulture is launching an Independent Accreditation Programme for ISVA services wishing to adopt and implement these Quality Standards. Services assessed as meeting the Quality Standards will achieve a Quality Mark.

Since launching the standards we have received expressions of interest for the independent accreditation programme from commissioners and providers across the United Kingdom.

In order to manage the demand, we will be allowing ISVA Services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme at scheduled intakes throughout 2019. The intakes are scheduled every two months throughout the year, and places will be allocated on the next available intake.

The first accreditation workshop will take place in mid-February 2019 (location to be confirmed).

Details on the accreditation process including timescale, costs and the application form (which includes a self-assessment) are now available from our website https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation

Applications should be submitted before the 5pm on Friday 11 January 2019 and we will notify services as soon as possible which intake they can join.  In order to proceed we will require payment information (purchase order confirmation or equivalent).

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

LimeLight Awards 2018. The Winners are……

The 4th National ISVA Conference, ‘Knowledge & Network’, hosted by the Chair of LimeCulture’s Advisory Board, Keir Starmer QC MP, took place on 17 September 2018 in Birmingham. It was another fantastic event with ISVAs coming together from across England and Wales to share knowledge, learn about topics that affect their practice and network with their peers.

LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards in 2016 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/survivors of sexual violence through their work.

Here at LimeCulture, we were once again absolutely blown away by the nominations for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which  shows the commitment and support to these important awards.

We are thrilled to report the WINNERS of the 2018 LimeLight Awards are:

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults went to Rachel Bloomer of Safelink

Katy Woodger, Member of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board, said of the winner Rachel Bloomer “All three shortlisted nominees for this award have achieved above and beyond their roles, they all manage large and often complex caseloads, but for her exemplary work in engaging with those who have learning disabilities and mental health support needs, the award goes to Rachael Bloomer”

Photo: Rachel Bloomer of Safelink © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People went to Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC

“Fantastic work is being done with energy and enthusiasm by all three of the shortlisted ISVAs in this category.  However, the winner has quite literally gone the extra mile. For her dedication to her job and in raising funds by climbing Snowdon to do it!”

Photo: Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team went to Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team

“All the teams nominated for this award demonstrate an exceptional level of support to their clients and fellow team members. In recognition of this and the outstanding support offered by this team to those in prison and those who have been involved in institutional abuse cases”

Photo: Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team© 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager went to Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London

“All the Managers nominated for this award are inspirational leaders. However, this year’s award goes to a Manager who is attentive, approachable and supportive

Photo: Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

LimeCulture would like to thank everybody who nominated an ISVA, an ISVA Team or an ISVA Manager to make the 2018 LimeLight Awards a great success! We would also like to say congratulations to the 4 individual ISVAs, 2 Managers and 2 ISVA Teams who were shortlisted for the 2018 awards across all 4 categories- a fantastic achievement in itself due to the quality of the services provided by the 110+ ISVA Teams now working across the UK.

LimeLight Awards 2018: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2018 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the 4th National Conference for ISVAs on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

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 2018

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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Abby Dowson– Arch North East
  2. Rachel Bloomer – Safelink 
  3. Helen Race – Survivors Network

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 the 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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Shannon Little – Victim Support West Yorkshire ISVA Service
  2. Hannah Mart – Amethyst SARC
  3. Katrina Blake RSVP

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team

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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Notts SVS Services ISVA Team
  2. St Mary’s SARC ISVA Team
  3. Survivors Network ISVA Team

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.

  1. Michelle Mountford – The Havens, SARCS for London
  2. Sally Hutton – Guildford RASASC
  3. Gemma Malfesi – Notts SVS Services

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 Tuesday 17 October 2018

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 3rd 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.

Supporting Older People advanced training for ISVAs gets off to an ‘Outstanding’ Start

This week LimeCulture has launched a brand new Elective of the Advanced Development programme (ADP) for accredited ISVAs. Elective 3 is our new 2-day course ‘Supporting Older People’, which aims to equip ISVAs with the confidence and competence to effectively support older people who have experienced sexual violence.

The course has been developed by LimeCulture’s Training Team in partnership with SafeLives (who will be delivering equivalent training to IDVAs) and AgeUK, who provided their expertise around how best to engage and work with older people.

 

LimeCulture has developed the Advanced Development Programme as continued professional development for ISVAs. The Electives have been developed to be provide additional modules of training allowing ISVAs to gain specific knowledge and skills in supporting specific clients groups.

“The role of an ISVA is challenging” says Bernie Ryan, LimeCulture’s Training and Development Director. “There is so much they need to know and understand in order to support people and perform their role  effectively. Therefore it is vital that they receive appropriate training to become the highly skilled professionals that they need to be”.  Bernie explains that LimeCulture’s core training programme offered to new or untrained ISVAs – the ISVA Development Programme, a 6-modular course comprising of  12 days training, is absolutely key to the role of the ISVA. ‘The training focuses on critical key components of the role such as, understanding the role of the ISVA including responsibilities and relationships with other professionals, boundaries of the role, identification, assessment and management of risk and support needs, safeguarding, criminal and civil justice processes.  All elements of this course are crucial to ensure that ISVAs are equipped to perform their duties and ensure safety of their clients, themselves and their employing organisation ”.

LimeCulture teach their ISVA Development Programme over a 6-month period, with a 2-day module taking place each month. “This allows the ISVAs the time and space to learn and reflect on their practice without being overwhelmed by the intensity of the information that is contained within the course” explains Bernie. The ISVA Development Programme provides ISVAs with the core knowledge and skills they need and to ultimately pass the strict accreditation requirements associated with the LimeCulture ISVA Development Programme.

 In addition to the core programme, LimeCulture offer ongoing training and development opportunities with their Advanced Development Programmes explains Bernie. “We know that clients have individual needs, and therefore ISVAs have the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge to support them effectively. For example, an ISVA who supports children and young people must have all the core skills and competencies required to undertake the ISVA role, yet they will also need additional training to work effectively with children and young people in an environment that is significantly different to supporting adults. The same goes for working with sex workers, or supporting people who are suicidal and have ongoing mental health difficulties, or people who have been exploited by gangs, and so on”.

 Bernie explains that LimeCulture developed the Advanced Development Programme as a means of adding important specialist training to the professional toolbox required by ISVAs. “It’s an important principle that ISVA should be accessing ongoing professional training to keep themselves and their practice up to date, so we created the ADP as a means to enhance the skills and knowledge of ISVAs by providing them with a range of electives that are relevant to their professional practice and keep them progressing, learning and developing as professional ISVAs.”

Bernie explains the ADP was created because of ISVAs sharing their concerns with LimeCulture about certain topics or specifically requesting training in key areas. “We are always looking to add new Electives to support ISVAs in  their roles more effectively. So we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer the 3rd ADP Elective which focuses on supporting older people. Older people are a client group who face additional barriers to engagement following sexual assault but also have quite distinct needs when it comes to how best to support them”.

This week in Manchester, LimeCulture’s trainers delivered Elective 3 for the first time to 18 experienced ISVAs. “The LimeCulture Training Team has been developing the course content and material for months now and its been absolutely brilliant to work alongside specialists to ensure that our training really enables ISVAs to engage and support older people in an effective way. We have been so excited about delivering this course and we believe it will really make a difference to how ISVA support is delivered to this client group”. Generally, not much is known about older people in relation to sexual violence. “They are a largely hidden group of people, who don’t routinely come forward to report abuse or access support but we know that they are vulnerable and older people do experience sexual violence, so at LimeCulture we wanted to do more to make ISVA services more accessible to older people and their needs”.

Bernie says she is “absolutely thrilled” with how well the new course went this week, with feedback from the ISVAs far exceeding her expectations. “The feedback has been absolutely brilliant. As it was the 1st delivery of the new course, we specifically asked the ISVAs to really consider their feedback and tell us if anything should be changed or altered, to support its further development and suggest improvement for future delegates. We are delighted by how well the training was received and the engagement of all the ISVAs attending this course in Manchester”.

One ISVA wrote “This elective has been outstanding. I’ve never really considered the needs of older people before, but after this course I can see that it is vital that we recognise supporting them as a key area of specialism – in the same way we do with supporting children”. Another ISVAs wrote “the ADP is a fantastic vehicle for experienced ISVAs to come to LimeCulture, benefit from your trainers awesome knowledge, meet other ISVAs from other areas and different services to grow as a professional. ADP 3 does not disappoint. Another fantastic learning experience”.

Bernie says this kind of feedback is exactly what she aspires to. “LimeCulture continues to be the leading ISVA training provider and we take that position and privilege very seriously indeed. We know that the overwhelming majority of ISVA services choose us to train their staff because of the quality of the training we provide. Our training is continually updated and reviewed to make sure it is up to date and fit for purpose. We also know that ISVAs benefit from being brought together, so we place great weight on the peer relationships created on our training courses”. Bernie explains how, as the leading provider of ISVA training, LimeCulture is able to bring together ISVAs from a range of service providers so that ISVAs can learn from each other and improve their practice by sharing their own experiences, good or bad. “For us, the key to our success is making sure that the ISVAs can gain knowledge and skills from our expert trainers, but also from each other with their different experiences, services and employers. We encourage group interaction and sharing of experiences and that’s what makes our training so rich and our feedback consistently excellent overall.”

 

LimeCulture is offering 100 LimeCulture trained ISVAs free places on the ADP 3 courses taking place between now and March 2019.

If you have not yet booked a place on one of the courses, please do so via the ADP Elective 3 online booking form.

 

 

 

 

Click here to book Elective 1: Supporting Clients with Specific Needs

Click here to book Elective 2: Supporting Children and Young people

Members required to join a new Working Group to oversee LimeCulture’s Spreading Excellence Project

LimeCulture is delighted to announce their exciting new project. ‘Spreading Excellence’ is a Home Office funded project that has been created by LimeCulture to support the sexual violence sector to ensure excellent services are available for victims/survivors.

The Spreading Excellence project aims to improve the capacity and capability of the sexual violence sector to make certain that high-quality and effective services are available for all. This will be achieved through the influence and engagement of service users, service providers, commissioners and policy leads working together collaboratively.

We are looking to establish a new national Working Group to oversee the schedule of work for the Spreading Excellence Project. We are keen to ensure members of the Working Group are representative of the sexual violence sector, and that service users, service providers, commissioners and policy leads are equally represented.  The creation of the Working Group presents a real opportunity to ensure that new ideas, thinking and plans are encouraged to flourish and develop to contribute to the spread of excellence throughout the sexual violence sector. As we strive to develop the sexual violence sector, new and emerging voices are actively encouraged to apply to join the Working Group.

To this end, we are looking to recruit Working Group members who are:

  • Passionate about developing the sexual violence sector
  • Committed to working collaboratively to bring about meaningful change
  • Dedicated to promoting and sharing excellent practice to raise sector standards

Working Group members will be expected to attend two meetings in London, which will take place during Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 (dates to be announced).

Please note: These are voluntary positions and it will not be possible to renumerate members for their time or travel, although a bursary contribution may be accessible for service-users and service providers.

LimeCulture are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to become members of the Spreading Excellence Working Group. If you would like to express an interest, please email Spreading.Excellence@limeculture.co.uk by 12 noon Monday 1 October 2018.

Please provide a brief summary of your background and/or experience and why you would like to become a member of the Spreading Excellence Working Group.

If you would like an informal discussion about the Working Group please call 0203 633 0018.