The Male Survivors Partnership Announces Additional 10 Opportunities for Accreditation
The Male Survivors Partnership, a national umbrella agency for organisations working with boys and men affected by unwanted sexual attention, has announced services will be able to apply, for free, to participate in the Independent Accreditation Programme for Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence.
Applications are welcomed from a range of voluntary and community sector services, statutory and private organisations, across England and Wales, who currently support male victims/survivors of sexual violence.
The Quality Standards were set to improve the consistency of service provision across the UK and provide a framework and benchmark that could be used to develop and improve the quality of services to male survivors by recognising their specific needs.
Neil Henderson, chair and co-founder of Male Survivors Partnership and CEO of Safeline, who manages the National Male Survivors helpline, said: “The response we have received to the Quality Standards is absolutely incredible. Since launching in 2018, we have seen 40 organisations from across the UK begin the process and the demand is still increasing.
“We’ve had the most incredible start to the year, seeing the first few services passing the accreditation process and being formally awarded the accreditation ‘quality mark’ by LimeCulture, and we look forward to seeing many more complete the process throughout the year.”
Victim Support West Yorkshire ISVA Service was the first organisation and service in the country to achieve the accreditation quickly followed by Survivors Manchester who were the first Sexual Violence Service to be awarded the Accreditation. Safeline UK, who operates the National Male Survivors helpline, became the first all gender counselling service to meet the standards.
Jo Seward, Operations Director at LimeCulture, added: “We are absolutely delighted to announce another 10 services will be selected to go through the Independent Accreditation Programme. The response and feedback to the process has been amazing and we look forward to receiving the applications for the next cohort.”
If your organisation wants to apply for a free place you will need to complete an application form and self-assessment. These can be downloaded from the LimeCulture website.
Up to ten services will be selected to join the programme starting in June 2019. The deadline to apply is 26th April 2019.
Further information about the standards please visit our website.