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

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

The application window closes on Wednesday 6 April 2022

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

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

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

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

To apply

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

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

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

Enhanced Quality Standards for 2022

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

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

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

The updated Quality Standards Implementation Guidance can be found here.

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