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Here you will find information from MSP that we would like to share with our members, as well as information members would like to share with each other. Information is updated weekly on Friday’s. If you would like a notice added to the website, either use the “submit post” option below. Alternatively, please send details to tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

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#NoPlaceToHide

 

We’re backing the #NoPlaceToHide campaign. End to end encryption will blind companies to the abhorrent child sexual abuse happening on their platforms. Join the fight and tell social media companies they must help keep our children safe. Visit www.noplacetohide.org.uk

A second phase of activity is currently being prepared. This includes and number of campaign activations designed to keep the issue front and centre.

Please contact emma.weal@homeoffice.gov.uk or lee.davis@mcsaatchi.com for more information or if you’d like to get involved.

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national
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Home office
Email:
emma.weal@homeoffice.gov.uk or lee.davis@mcsaatchi.com

Category | information-exchange

Say Something if You See Something Campaign 2022

Image by Annie Spratt from Pixabay

 

The ‘Say Something If You See Something’ is a campaign package supporting our Child Exploitation Awareness Day #CEADay22 held on 18th March and first collated in 2013 containing materials different areas and organisations had developed to raise awareness of how child exploitation and trafficking can involve our communities.

The campaign involves sharing practice, publicity materials, and resources to help professionals, businesses, sport, retail, leisure, and the wider community recognise and respond to the risk of child exploitation.   

Each year we have been amazed and impressed by the commitment you have shown to this date, the creative and wide range of events you have all run, the publicity campaigns and resources so many of you have used. During January and February, the NWG Network are revising the 2022 version of the Say Something If You See Something campaign, with new guidance and information about a trauma informed and contextual approach to safeguarding.

I am writing to invite you, or your organisation, to contribute to this national campaign.  If you have developed any practice, resources or new material relating to child exploitation and trafficking that you would like to share nationally, please provide us with either a link to your website, or send us a copy of the materials so that they are available to download from the package.

Please send your links or documents to network@nwgnetwork.org by 7th February 2022.

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NWG
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national
Contact:
NWG
Email:
network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | information-exchange

Indirect Victims of Indecent Images

Lucy Faith Foundation, Tink Palmer and the NWG Network jointly chair the ‘Indirect Victims of Indecent Images’ strategic group in their work to improve the response to families and children when someone close to them is arrested for an online sexual offence involving children.  Indirect victims can include partners of those who have been arrested for the offences and their dependent children as well as parents and adult children or even friends or work colleagues.  Online sexual offences include viewing indecent images of children as well as online grooming or exploitation of children.  We are keen to hear from anyone who offers services to those families, or you have resources that might be useful to families that find themselves in that situation.  Please do lest us know if you are working in this area and we will contact you to find our more about your service and resources.  You can contact network@networknwg.org in the first instance.

Agency:
NWG
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national
Contact:
NWG
Email:
network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | other

Volunteer available

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n/a
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national
Contact:
Casey Pownall
Email:
CPownall96@live.com

Category | event

JiCSAV Workshop (Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse & Violence)

JiCSAV (Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse and Violence) research team to invite you to their upcoming workshop ‘JiCSAV Workshop V: Judiciary’. During the workshop they will be presenting preliminary findings from the interviews that they have conducted thus far with judges who preside over sexual offences cases. In particular, they will discuss the impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on sexual offences trials with regards to: the challenges that the judiciary, barristers, and court staff have faced; innovations that have been implemented throughout this time; and the subsequent impacts that such factors have had on complainants in such cases.

The workshop provides an opportunity for you to have direct input into the project, comment on the initial findings, share your perspective, and shape the synthesis further, as well as highlight any gaps that need to be addressed in the research going forward.

This event will take place on Monday 31st January from 4.30pm-6.00pm via Teams and will be attended by a range of practitioners and stakeholders. To access the event please use the following link:

Microsoft Teams meeting

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You can find out more about JiCSAV by clicking the link https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2020/jicsav/

Agency:
JiCSAV Reseach Team
Area:
national
Contact:
Lara Hudspith
Email:
l.hudspith@lancaster.ac.uk

Category | other

Member’s Forum Sessions

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MSP
Area:
national
Contact:
Tania Woodgate
Email:
tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

NWG – Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts

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NWG
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national
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NWG
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network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | other

Male Victim of Sexual Assault – A Male Survivors Story

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Male Survivor Partnership
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national
Contact:
Tania Woodgate
Email:
tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Request from NHS England and NHS Improvement Team

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Category | project

JiCSAV Justice in Covid019 for Sexual Abuse and Violence

Coventry University project team

Dr Lorna O’Doherty (principal investigator)
Dr Grace Carter
Priya Tek Kalsi

Collaborators

Dr Siobhan Weare, University of Lancaster
Professor Vanessa Munro, University of Warwick
Dr Emma Sleath, University of Leicester
Dr Michelle Cutland, University Hospital Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Independent consultants: Concetta Perôt and Professor Sarah Brown

Partners

The Survivors Trust
Avon and Somerset Police
Male Survivors Partnership
Representatives from the Judiciary and Crown Prosecution Service

Duration of project

18 months: 20 November 2020 – 19 May 2022


Project overview

Over 150,000 sexual offences were recorded by police in year ending March 2020 (ONS, 2020), and there are indications that lockdown increased some sexual offences (e.g. online-facilitated abuse, or sexual abuse perpetrated by family members) and may have decreased others. For example, there was a 24% reduction in rapes reported to the police in the period April to June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 (ONS, 2020). However, there has been no research into the specific effects of Covid-19 on criminal justice system (CJS) policies and practices relating to sexual offences, nor on the journeys of survivors through the CJS during this period.

Prior to the pandemic, there were significant challenges for the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences and conviction rates were extremely low. Some of these challenges may well have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and lockdown e.g. further delays to investigating cases, postponement of Achieving Best Evidence interviews. At the same time, however, Covid-19 has generated significant innovation within the CJS, e.g. the introduction of a video platform within the courts enabling all parties in a criminal hearing to engage securely and remotely, and this may sow the seeds for improvement in survivors’ journeys through the CJS.

Drawing on the perspectives and experiences of CJS stakeholders, including complainants and families, police, Crown Prosecution Service, HM Courts and Tribunals Services, the Judiciary, Sexual Assault Referral Centres, and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, this research will provide unique insights into the impact of the pandemic on the CJS in sexual offence cases. Changes to procedures precipitated by Covid-19 might offer longer-term benefits for survivors and stakeholders and we aim to identify these and promote their implementation.

Project objectives

The project aims to gather survivors’ and other criminal justice system stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences of (changes to) policies and practices in relation to sexual offences cases during the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to understand how these experiences vary across settings and groups.

The project will make recommendations for criminal justice policy and practice in England and Wales in relation to sexual offences, in particular, any innovations that may be of value post-pandemic….

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Message from NHS England and NHS Improvement Team

 

“The national SARC campaign programme of work continues to develop at pace.  They are on track to launch w/c 7th February 2022.

Freuds are looking for case studies.  People who have accessed a sexual assault referral centre and are willing to take part in the campaign launch film or a media interview to share their positive experience at a SARC.   Our priority is to find the right people, they are resilient people who feel empowered by sharing their experience and want to encourage others to seek help.  I am reaching out to you to see if your members would know of anyone suitable.  They should automatically spring to mind because they have probably done something similar in the past.   I am scoping to see who is out there, there is no need for individuals to be contacted at this stage.  No pressure or commitment on either side.   Given the key messages and overall campaign aims, we would like to attract a diverse range of case studies including representation from our targeted four audiences:-

 

  1. Ethnically diverse women aged 18-33
  2. Men aged 18-25
  3. Individuals who identify as LGBT+ aged 18-33 of different ethnicities
  4. People who are 18 years or older from the South-East of England

 

All I need is a “yes, we may have someone suitable” response.  Please email zillah.turner2@nhs.net.

Agency:
NHS England
Area:
national
Contact:
Zillah Turner
Email:
zillah.turner@nhs.net

Category | project

Update: mapping specialist support services by gender

This is news of work in progress that you can help us complete.

We (Male Survivors Partnership) have recently created an interactive map which displays the services available to victims and survivors who identify as men, women, transgender and other gender identities. The map shows the support that is available and uses data to highlight variation in need and support available across genders.

When you click on each service, you will be able to access the number, or at least a percentage, of the people that have used this service by gender. To find this data, we have been researching the services by region and contacting them for further information. We have also invited services to take part in our survey, which can be accessed by following this link https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/.

We are also including published police data records of sexual offences by gender. We are hoping that this informs consideration of whether the services available are meeting the needs of different genders, and similarly, whether police records accurately reflect the need for such services. Initial analysis of police data on the proportion of offences against men and boys indicates gender-inclusive services across England and Wales could expect one in eight of their clients to be male. But in some regions gender-inclusive organisations find that more than a quarter of their clients are male – much more than the police data would suggest. As yet there isn’t enough service data though, which is where you can help.

The map is a work in progress and currently favours the services available in the North West, as we have researched that region in detail. This will be shortly followed by London and South East, and eventually the rest of the country by region. But your organisation and your data can be added at any time if you complete the survey.

Please check out the map and if you wish to have your organisation featured in the map or have data to share with us, please don’t hesitate to complete the survey at https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/. Alternatively, you can contact us at research@malesurvivor.co.uk.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Katie - MSP Researcher
Email:
research@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

New data on prevalence of male victims of sexual crimes by region Feb 21

Mankind UK commissioned a UK poll in Feb 21.
Men were asked to read examples of 15 non-consensual sexual experience and select which they had experienced.

50% selected at least one event. 9% reported they had been raped.

You can download the full results broken down by region here:

The 1 in 6 statistic

Agency:
Mankind UK
Area:
national
Contact:
Lucy Hughes
Email:
lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org

Category | information-exchange

Do you have any resources for male survivors????

The 1in6.uk website which is a shared online home for resources for UK male survivors has been live for 3 months now.

It has had 19,500 thousand page views and people are spending 3-15 mins watching and reading the content. 1,400+ people are returning to the site regularly.

If you have anything which you share with your clients or service users which you think would also be relevant to male survivors in other parts of the UK please share it with Mankind who currently host the site who will ensure it’s included.

This might be: content from your own websites, leaflets, links to videos, survivor stories etc.

They are also keen to create more videos featuring practitioners from other UK organisations so if you would like to be involved in this, or in designing other future content please email lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org.

Agency:
Mankind UK
Area:
national
Contact:
Lucy Hughes
Email:
lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org

Category | job-vacancy

Recruiting sub-contracting therapists

An opportunity has arisen for Subcontracted Therapists to work with a dynamic and professional charity. Due to recent demand in services, we are looking for Sub-contracted Therapists to cover the Derbyshire area.
The fee per attended session is £30, you will be paid £15 for DNA and cancellations within 24 hours, you will also be paid a £30 per month admin retainer.
For more info please see https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/sv2/subcontracted-therapists/732375?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

Agency:
SV2
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Sukhi Sian
Email:
sukhi.sian@sv2.org.uk

Category | project

Launched today: survey to map specialist support services by gender

Please help us put your service on the map?

We would like to get a complete understanding of where services for male, female and trans victims and survivors of sexual assault are available and how much they are being used by each gender.

The results will help us and funders plan development for services for male survivors and identify where there are clear gaps in provision and take-up. We will be sharing the results on a clickable map to help people search for help, so survivors of all genders could benefit.

We really hope professionals working in services across the UK will be willing to help. Here’s the link to the survey https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | other

MSP submission to Govt on ‘violence against women and girls’

Last Friday Male Survivors Partnership submitted written evidence to the Home Office call for evidence on ‘violence against women and girls’, which Government stated included consideration of men and boys. You can see the full submission included as a pdf with this blog post.

We made a clear argument for a strategy on violence against men and boys, particularly, from our point of view, focused on sexual violence – including the links to domestic violence.  We laid out strategic actions the government should take now and objectives it should work towards.  Next up we are hoping to develop conversations we already have with government officials to shape an updated male victims position statement – which is committed to in the government’s new strategy on child sexual abuse – and secure commitment to a longer term strategy for men and boys.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | information-exchange

Government consultation on tackling sexual violence

The UK Government is carrying out a research process to develop its policy on sexual violence, domestic violence and other crimes. We at MSP want to grab this opportunity to encourage people and organisations to share their evidence and concerns with the Government, and we will be making our own submission, which we’d love to be influenced by survivors, services and researchers.

In Government this work falls within the term Violence Against Women and Girls, which presents us with a problem of understanding where men and boys fit in the government’s thinking.

Today (21st January) we have had the statement below from the Home Office which explains that evidence from male victims and survivors, and from others about issues for men and boys, will contribute to the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy but also an updated Male Victims Position Statement and future policy ambitions across government.

We remain concerned that the Violence Against Women and Girls approach presents problems for those of us who have important evidence to share from the point of view of male victims and survivors and also for ensuring an equitable approach to analysis of these crimes and harms to individuals and communities. Nevertheless this is a great opportunity to influence the government’s agenda in a way that improves support and understanding for men and boys and we would love our community and stakeholders to take part.

Here is today’s Government statement, including a link to more information:

Dear All,

As you are aware, we recently launched the Call for Evidence to help develop our next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, due to be published this Spring. The Call for Evidence is the first of its kind in gathering information and views to inform the strategy from across the public, people who have been directly affected by these crimes, their friends, family and colleagues, as well as those who work for organisations that provide support to victims and survivors such as frontline professionals and policy experts working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

I know my team have been in touch with some of you to discuss the various components of the Call for Evidence, and the ways we want to hear from you. Thank you for providing feedback on our approach, I know we have taken some steps to address some of the points you have raised, and I wanted to write to confirm our commitment to male victims and survivors.

As you know, in 2019 we published a Male Victims Position Statement to recognise the needs of male victims and to clarify and strengthen our response which built upon the victim service commissioning for men and boys affected by sexual abuse. To be clear, we continue to recognise that men and boys can too of course be victims of these abhorrent crimes, and contributions to the Call for Evidence will feed in to the development of both the new Tackling VAWG Strategy and an updated Male Victims Position Statement, as well as shape policy ambitions for the future across government. I therefore am really keen for you to engage with it and use this opportunity to ensure we capture your valuable expertise and the experience of the male victims and survivors you support.    

More information on the Call for Evidence, which closes on 19 February, can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Best wishes,

Lynne Abrams
Interpersonal Abuse Unit

Deputy Director, Crime Policing and Fire Group, Home Office

We aim to share a draft submission to the call for evidence by January 28th, inviting others to share views and add their name to our letter. We will submit the final letter to the Home Office by February 19th.

If you would like to share your point of view now please email hello@malesurvivor.co.uk, ideally mention the ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ consultation in the subject line.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

MoJ message re January 2021 lockdown

We have had an emailed letter from Catherine Hinwood, Deputy Director of the MoJ Victims & Witness Unit, which you may have already received through other channels. In summary its messages are:

> As before, people can leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm.

> Charities and workers delivering key frontline services are considered critical workers. Their activities do not breach the ‘stay at home’ rules, as long as they comply with the instruction that “Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support but they must take place at a premises other than a private home”.

> The children of critical workers must have access to full time education provision.

> The definition of essential service extends to court proceedings, so support workers, victims and witnesses are free to travel to attend court where required.

Disclaimer: this information does not constitute legal advice from MSP – please check the full text of the attached letter (see download link to the right).

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | information-exchange

Academic survey: Male survivors of adult sexual assault & their behaviours of help-seeking

MSP have been contacted by PhD researcher Amy Lucas from the University of Huddersfield and, having reviewed her proposal, we are keen to circulate her survey to help her gather data about how male survivors of adult sexual assault seek help.

Amy has provided a document explaining the research in more detail – just click Download Attachment to the right of this post.

The link to Amy’s research is https://huddersfieldbss.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ucf5ctz6pHwQPX

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | job-vacancy

Male sub-contracted therapist to support online male support group

Hi
We’re looking for a sub-contracted male therapist to support delivery of our online male support group sessions (currently planning 6 sessions of non therapeutic support) and aim to run several during the course of the next year. These are being facilitated online so geography is not an issue. If you’re interested in finding out more please contact our Head of Therapy Sukhi at sukhi.sian@sv2.org.uk

Agency:
SV2 - Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence Ltd (Derbyshire)
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Sally Goodwin
Email:
sally.goodwin@sv2.org.uk

Category | job-vacancy

Seeking new trustees

Join our board to lead collective development of support for male survivors of sexual violence.

The Male Survivors Partnership (MSP) is a membership organisation set up by a group of specialist male agencies in 2017 to support charitable and not for profit agencies who offer therapeutic services to male survivors of sexual violence. We became a registered charity in 2020 and we are now searching for new trustees to work alongside and build upon the work of our founders.

MSP was created to address the absence of formal strategies for the acknowledgement and delivery of services to male survivors – by providing information and support to statutory and charitable organisations working with male victims/survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation – and to provide male survivors with a single point of reference to national and local support services.
In just three years we have grown to a network of 45 member organisations and our national quality standards are improving and increasing access to services for men and boys. Next, our trustee board’s business plan will focus on four key themes—support, engage, insight, inform—in work with government and others in the sexual violence support sector to deliver the change needed to generate equitable, effective access for male survivors nationwide. We look forward to hearing from people interested in joining us as leaders of our strategy, governance, research and communications.

What you could bring to our board

We hope to recruit trustees with demonstrable commitment to male survivors and the sexual violence victims/survivors support sector, and prepared to accept the responsibilities of a charity volunteer and trustee. We would like to hear from people with an understanding of the challenges associated with improving support for male survivors but equally we would welcome people with management and leadership skills from other sectors that might aid our governance and development. As a high priority we think it’s important that the board reflects the people and organisations we would like to help, so it would be great to receive applications from people working in our member organisations and from male survivors of sexual violence.

Desirable (but non-essential) characteristics we are looking out for include:

>> Record of leadership and innovation that challenges and overcomes barriers to inclusion

>> Ability to understand and represent the lived experience of men/boys facing additional systemic barriers to understanding engagement, including racism, ageism, ableism & transphobia.

>> Experience of engagement with commissioners and policy makers around related areas of work

>> Research interest and experience in evidence-based improvements to national social policy and practice

>> Experience in charity leadership and governance, especially relevant to development of a new national charity/membership organisation

>> History of improving opportunities for people with lived experience of relevant issues to participate in organisational leadership and development.

Founding values
If you are interested in a trustee role with MSP please read our terms of reference document, downloadable at malesurvivor.co.uk/membership. It’s evidence of the values that we are committed to, including:

>> Male survivors’ right to high quality support

>> Evidence-based policy and practice

>> Transparent, collaborative working in the spirit of partnership

>> Collective advocacy on issues affecting male survivors

>> Opposition to discrimination including on gender identity, sexual orientation and imposed standards of male identity

>> Support to development of sexual violence support services for women and girls

How the MSP board works

Current practice is to meet as a board once a month for a video call of up to two hours. We will review this practice with the newly recruited trustees to ensure meeting timing and frequency align with our needs and preferences.

The trustees are supported by our employed Head of Operations.

Our meeting agendas cover a wide range of concerns, from initiatives to develop the national conversation on sexual violence suffered by men and boys, to funding and development of a new national membership organisation.

As a trustee you will have responsibilities defined in law. All applicants will be asked to confirm that they have read UK government guidance at gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved and also our terms of reference and articles of association.

Apply by January 11th in this round of recruitment

To express your interest in joining us as a trustee, please send a one-page and CV of no more than two pages to Head of Operations Jonny Gutteridge at jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk. If your application reaches us by January 11th we will have time to assess it in time for a board meeting in late January. You are welcome to email Jonny for a discussion ahead of formally expressing interest.

More info

We are a charity registered in England and Wales, charity number 1191026, and company limited by guarantee, company number 12215676 . Our About Us page carries information about our trustees and staff and Agencies Working With Male Survivors will tell you more about the services in our network.
Our social media channels will give you a flavour of current activity. You will find them at twitter.com/MaleSurvivorUK, facebook.com/MaleSurvivorsPartnership, instagram.com/malesurvivorspartnership and linkedin.com/company/male-survivors-partnership. You will also find some video content on YouTube.

Key roles of MSP trustees

Ours is a developing organisation with a unique role in the national response to sexual violence. As a trustee you may be asked to volunteer to:

>> Support our strategy development , member organisation engagement and risk management

>> Represent the views of our member organisations in government policy development and information-sharing calls

>> Take a role as an officer of the company: chair, deputy chair or treasurer

>> Lead a working group on a particular issues—anything from survivor voice to sustainability

>> Act as an ambassador in media work or recruitment of new member organisations

We look forward to hearing from people interested in joining us. Thanks for your interest.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

ISVA services – be aware of MoJ rapid review

If you are an ISVA service provider MoJ are asking you to keep an eye out for an information request from your local PCC. Given the current pressures on services the MoJ are trying to get a “rapid snapshot of current demand” so they’ve asked PCCs to distribute a survey to local providers – “Moj ISVA Rapid Review Return”. It’s a spreadsheet to fill in and send directly to a MoJ email address.

If you provide ISVA services and haven’t received the survey by 11th November please can you let MSP know so we can raise it with the MoJ?

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Evaluation of justice system responses to male rape reports

A research project commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) appears to offer an opportunity to ensure that national understanding of criminal justice responses to rape is informed by men’s experiences. The commissioned research company ORS are seeking male interviewees to participate in research this autumn.

MSP have reviewed the suggested processes and agreed to publicise the research to member organisations, who may wish to share information with their service users and to support survivor participation. ORS have published brief information and contact details for further information on their website at https://www.ors.org.uk/surveys/hmicfrs2020/.

MSP have been sent several supporting documents for agencies, included with this post in a zip file. Members are particularly recommended to review the document “Additional information for gateway agencies”, which includes sections on informed consent, the planned interviews and safeguarding and support.

ZIP file – HMICFRS_evaluation_of_rape_survivors’_experiences_of_the_CJS

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

What needs to change? What’s missing? MoJ seeking feedback on its new info guides

You have a chance to influence the content of nine new info guides under development by the Ministry of Justice Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team. The team have asked us to publicise the chance for you to feed back in a (short) consultation phase, ideally to get back to them by September 28th, though I’ll ask for more time) midnight September 30th (we got more time).

The guides listed below are clearly not yet fully worked up, so it seems like a good opportunity to influence ethos, tone and content. I suggest emailing your content to Lorna Dovey at the MoJ at Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk and to copy in hello@malesurvivor.co.uk.

This is from Lorna:

“As part of the September 2019 Rape Victims’ Pledge, the Ministry of Justice have developed a series of nine information guides for victims of sexual violence. These guides have been developed with the intention of providing clear and concise information on each stage of a victim’s journey, from experiencing the crime to a victim’s experience post court. The guides have been developed in conjunction with criminal justice agencies and are intended to be as accessible as possible, avoiding any confusing language. We [ie the MoJ, not MSP] are also working with the Victims’ Commissioner to finalise the guides.

The guides cover the following topics:

 

Guide 1 – Being Sexually Assaulted

Guide 2 – Support Following a Sexual Assault

Guide 3 – Reporting a Recent Sexual Assault to the Police

Guide 4 – Reporting a Sexual Assault to the Police that Happened a While Ago

Guide 5 – Collecting and Sharing Evidence

Guide 6 – Investigating and Prosecuting a Case

Guide 7 – Preparing for Court

Guide 8 – After the Trial

Guide 9 – Claiming Compensation for a Sexual Assault

Please note: we will also be producing an easy-read version of the CPS guidance on pre-trial therapy once the public consultation on the revised guidance is complete. This will function as ‘guide ten’ and will be referenced in the other guides where relevant.

How to provide feedback

We would like to seek views on the following questions:

  1. Are there any stages of the process missing that should be included in a guide, or any guides which are not relevant?
  2. Do the guides cover the essential information that a victim would need to help them understand what may happen at each stage of the process, and why?
  3. Is the information as simple and accessible as it could be? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  4. Is the tone and language used appropriate? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  5. If the guides were available in physical copies, where would be the most suitable and accessible location(s)?

We would be grateful for views on these questions, or feedback more generally on how the guides could be improved, by midnight on Monday 28 September to Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk. This will enable us to publish the guides as soon as possible, and ensure that this guidance is available help support victims.

Many thanks, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Lorna Dovey
Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team, Ministry of Justice”

Having had a brief look at the guides, I’d say it’s worth your time reviewing where the MoJ have got to and giving some clear feedback on both what they’ve got right and where you see a need for improvement.

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Ministry of Justice consulting on further Covid funding needs

A member organisation has shared with me that the MoJ are consulting services who receive funding through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund to “establish ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”. Please will you share your feedback about this process? I will then work with the Male Survivor Partnership board to feed a collective view into the MoJ process. More generally, it will help to start to build collective understanding of members’ immediate funding needs and the impact of Covid on services for male survivors of sexual violence.

To introduce myself briefly: I’m the new Head of Operations for the Partnership, working to support members and develop the Partnership and its impact. There’s blurb about me on the About Us page.

The MoJ’s consultation (see attached) asks services for:
1. ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
2. related costs, including of service adaptation, increases in demand, increased staffing, hardware/software expenditure
3. consideration of whether current needs can be met through existing funding
They’re asking about the need across all services provided by grant recipients, not just those funded by the RSF grant.

My interest is in a sectoral response, so I’d be keen to hear from members who aren’t RSF grant recipients, as well as those that are. How has Covid hit your service and your sustainability? Are there opportunities now that MoJ support could help with? Do you have feedback for MoJ about their process and funding choices?

Please note that your views will be considered as confidential and your name/organisation name won’t be shared with the MoJ if/when we talk to them. You can email me at hello@malesurvivor.co.uk or post. I’m happy to arrange a chat by phone or any Internet platform. Thanks! Looking forward to members’ responses. Perhaps you could get in touch by September 21st?

Jonny Gutteridge, Head of Operations, Male Survivors Partnership

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

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