LimeCulture Trains University Staff to Respond to Sexual Violence

LimeCulture has recently launched its new accredited course for designated staff within  Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the UK, to be known as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLO), to respond appropriately to students or staff members who have experienced sexual violence, either recently or non-recently.

The new course for university staff is launched as Universities UK publishes its report ‘Change the Culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students’. The report says that ‘UK universities have a significant opportunity to lead the way in preventing and responding to violence against women’.

Crucially, UUK’s report recommends that ‘an effective response should involve the identification and up-skilling of specialist staff within the university to act as the key people who will manage the response to a reported incident of sexual violence affecting a student within the university’.

Specifically, these specialist university staff will know what specialist external support is available to refer students who have experience sexual violence to access support in the local area. ‘They will also be able to inform students what their options are including forensics, reporting to the police and available internal and external support. This will empower the victim/survivor to make informed decisions. Giving these staff an easily identifiable title will make their role clear, for example, Sexual Violence Liaison Officer’.

LimeCulture’s comprehensive 2-module course, the Sexual Violence Liaison Officer Development Programme has been developed in partnership with the University of Greenwich and Keele University and aims to equip key University and HEIs staff with the knowledge and specialist skills to identify risk and appropriately support the needs of students and staff who are victims of sexual violence.

Each module contains a comprehensive syllabus of challenging content designed to equip University and HEI staff with the practical skills and knowledge to enable them to respond appropriately to those who disclose sexual violence. This course will also provide University and HEI staff with the expertise to embed and influence practice in their organisation’s response to sexual violence.

Course Content
This accredited course has been designed to be delivered over six days. Each of the 2 modules is taught over three consecutive days to minimise the amount of time staff are away from their Universities/HEIs.

Module 1: Understanding how to communicate with victims of sexual violence
and assess and manage risk

Module 2: Understanding how to work in partnership with other organisations who are supporting victims of sexual violence and the Criminal Justice process

Course Eligibility
Places will only be provided to candidates whose employers have agreed to pay the full course fees.

Course Dates & Times
The SVLO Development Programme dates for delivery are:
Module 1: Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 November 2016
Module 2: Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 December 2016

The SVLO Development Programme starts at 10am and finishes no later than 4.30pm on each day of the training. Assessments are held at the end of the day, so it is requested that delegates do not make arrangements to leave the training early unless there are exceptional circumstances that are agreed with the LimeCulture beforehand.


To book a place on this course, please complete the electronic form on our website.

Our Trainers

LimeCulture has pulled together the best trainers in the field to deliver the SVLO Development Programme. Each of the trainers is a leader in their field and each is nationally and internationally renowned for the work they do. Together their expertise ensures that the training provided on the SVLO Development Programme is exceptional.

The SVLO Development Programme is an accredited professional course focusing on the core skills and competencies required to work at a University or HEI as an SVLO. On successful completion of the full course, SVLOs will receive a certificate of accreditation from NCFE, our awarding body.

Course Fees
The cost of the SVLO Development Programme is £1,010 plus VAT per person. Discounted rates are not available.

The course fee includes:

Electronic material and presentations
Delegate pack and note book
Refreshments and lunch
The SVLO Development Programme is held at our preferred training venues located in Manchester.

Overnight accommodation is not available, however our training venues are located in Manchester city centre, so there are lots of hotels to suit all budgets. LimeCulture take no responsibility for the arrangement of accommodation for our delegates.

Maximum Numbers
This course has a maximum number of delegates applied to support the learning and development needs of the delegates.

Expressions of Interest
Once the course is full, delegates wishing to book can be added to the Expressions of Interest list and offered a place on the next available course. In the event of a cancellation, a place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, please send us an email stating your Expression of Interest to We will keep you posted when the next dates are announced for this event and if there are any cancellations in the interim. All Expressions of Interest will receive a priority booking form before the course is marketed to the wider network.

LimeCulture Community Interest Company (CIC) is the UK’s leading sexual violence training and development organisation. We work with frontline professionals, and their organisations, to improve the response to victims of sexual violence, through our range of training and development initiatives, research and consultancy services.


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