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LimeCulture CIC has today announced the 10 Wave 1 Sites who have been selected for inclusion in the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support Programme as part of the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence that were recently launched in the House of Lords by Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales.

The Wave 1 Sites are:

  1. The Oak Centre SARC (Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust)
  2. Mankind
  3. The Saturn Centre SARC (Mountain Healthcare)
  4. Survivors UK (London)
  5. Survivors in Transition
  6. Safeline
  7. Notts SVS Services
  8. West Yorkshire ISVA Service (Victim Support)
  9. Stepping Stones, North Wales
  10. Survivors Manchester

As part of the Wave 1 Site application process, we received three times as many applications as places available on the first Wave. This demonstrates a clear appetite from services wishing to meet the Quality Standards and evidence this through an independent accreditation process.

The applications we received were from a range of services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence, something LimeCulture and the MSP have been keen to encourage since the Quality Standards having been developed to be applicable to all services supporting males. Applications came from a range of services including: male-only services and services supporting both males and females, voluntary sector and statutory sector services, counselling and therapeutic services, Helpline services, ISVA services and SARC services, as well as sexual violence support services located with the university setting. The response has been fantastic.

Crucially, the purpose of Wave 1 is to trial and test the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme, which has been designed to provide an independent ‘KiteMark’ to services who meet the Quality Standards. While it is vital that this independent process is able to rigorously assesses and accurately monitor services against the Quality Standards, it is also important that for those services who do not yet meet the Quality Standards or are working towards achieving it, this process can identify where services need further work to meet the quality standards and provide targeted support to assist their development.

Stephanie Reardon, Joint CEO for LimeCulture said: “Wave 1 is absolutely key for LimeCulture to trial and test our own assessment processes, as well as the support functions required to support services to meet the Quality Standards. On that basis the 10 Wave 1 Sites that have been selected because they offer us an excellent spread of services to work with across England and Wales. The 10 Wave 1 Sites are also meeting the Quality Standards to varying degrees, which is useful as it allows us to test how best to support services to reach the benchmark and fully comply with the Quality Standards”.

Lloyds Bank Fund England and Wales, who funded the development of the Quality Standards, has funded the 10 Wave 1 Sites to be included in the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme. Given the high number of applications we received, we know that a large number of services supporting male victims/surviors offering demonstrably high quality services have been disappointed not to be include in the programme in this first wave. LimeCulture and MSP are now in discussions about expanding the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme in further waves. Further information about the programme and applications for wave 2 sites will be made in due course.

The Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence are available to download free of charge by clicking here

As the first Programme Management Board of 2018 commences, the PMG and Lime Culture CIC reflect on coming to the end of the 1st year of this incredible project.

Without a doubt, this first year has surpassed expectations and whilst we have achieved what we set out to and are perfectly on track with regards to the original project plan and on budget too, the quality of what Lime Culture CIC have produced is far greater than we expected.

Opening the PMG, Duncan Craig of Survivors Manchester thanked Lime Culture’s Tom, Becky and Steph for all of their hard work and input into this project and congratulated them on the production of the Male Service Standards and supplementary documents such as the desktop review, and accreditation documents. These sentiments were very much echoed by PMG members, Neil Henderson (Safeline), Martyn Sullivan (Mankind) and Andy Connelly (Survivors UK).
Following the agenda, the meeting began with all those present checking and discussing the project plan and budget, making sure that the project is on track. Discussion focused on the budget allocated for supporting organisations to work to meet the standards and a lively debate was had on how important it is for this project to ensure that quality is held on to whilst also ensuring that organisations’ expectations of what support can be offered and what needs can be met is managed effectively.

The meeting then moved on to discuss the Draft Accreditation and Monitoring Process including self-assessment and evidence guidance. As PMG members have been looking at this already and feeding back information, it meant that a greater discussion could be had on ‘sense checking’ the processes that Lime Culture have designed for organisations to go through. As the PMG are all organisations themselves, they were able to give Lime Culture insight into what might be problematic and what needs explaining, using their own experience. A deeply rich conversation was had and a number of key decisions we’re able to be made by Lime Culture on how they will proceed.

Steph, Becky and Tom then took the PMG through their ideas for how organisations could engage in this Wave 1 process and the launch of the standards, which will take place in Westminster on 31.01.18 (which we will ensure that we produce a blog about on the day).

The meeting drew to a close and all agreed that the forthcoming year was going to be thoroughly exciting and that male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation can only be winners with this project – they deserve to get a quality assured support service regardless of where they live in the UK.

PMG Documents

Meeting Agenda – Click Here

The 2nd Programme Management Group (PMG) for the Lloyds Bank Foundation funded ‘Male Service Standards’ Project and once again, the Male Survivors Partnership is grateful to Savills in Birmingham for providing us with a meeting room.

Duncan Craig, Chair of the PMG, opened the meeting and thanked colleague, Neil Henderson for once again arranging for the meeting to happen at Savills.

The board read through the minutes of the last PMG, which took place on 05.07.17, and all agreed they were accurate representation of the meeting.

Becky Dewdney-York and Tom Leavesley, from Lime Culture, took the board through the current project plan evidenced the tasks, actions and budget are all on track. Tom stated that he would be attending a Lloyds Banks Foundation meeting at the end of the month, along with Chris Speed from Survivors Manchester as they are the grant holders, that will focus on evaluation of the projects.

Tom then presented the initial findings from the male standards survey, much to the fascination of the board.

All agreed that whilst there was still work to do on the analysis of the data, the initial findings show an important picture of what male survivors in the UK are experiencing.

The board moved then to discuss the draft standards, which provoked a lively and interesting debate. Duncan asked that the standards were sent in advance to some of our international colleagues as he will be asking them for feedback when he is in New Zealand, as part of the South-South Institute Conference.

Following this discussion, ideas for the launch of the standards were presented and Lime Culture took away actions to discussion with key stakeholders.

The meeting closed at 4pm and the next meeting was agreed to be arranged via email.

PMG Documents

Meeting Agenda – Click Here
Meeting Minutes – Click Here

Chief Executive Officer of Survivors Manchester and co-founder of the Male Survivors Partnership, Duncan Craig, was delighted to be able to present a talk to ISVA’s, ISVA Managers, CPS, Senior Strategic leads, and Home Office and Ministry of Justice Representatives on the development of the partnership and the Male Service Standards programme.

Introduced by ex Solicitor General and current Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, Duncan spoke to delegates about the important reason why the Male Survivors Partnership was born and the need to create quality assured framework for services to work from when supporting boys and men.

Duncan said

Since the football scandal broke and Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Chris Unsworth and many others stepped forward, we have seen a significant increase in requests for support in services working with males. Our colleagues at Safeline who are also co-founders of the MSP, who run the National Male Survivor Helpline, have seen the number of calls from men sky rocket yet the funds to support the increase in calls hasn’t grew. Men and boys deserve quality assured support and I know that the standards programme will be a way to ensure they get it.

The first major part of the project is now ended and the survey is now closed. Project Manager, Tom Leavesley, and team are now working through the data to analyse the results and extract the important and salient points for further discussion.

In association with the Male Survivors Partnership, LimeCulture CIC have formally launched the Male Survivors Survey and we are looking to collect the thoughts, reflectons and oppinions of male survivors across the UK.

If you are a male survivor of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, or sexual violation of any kind, are over 18 years old, we want to hear from you.

All responses to this survey will be treated in the strictest confidence and fully anonymised. You (or the responses you provide) will not be identifiable as part of this project.

Responses will be stored in our secure data server in an area accessible only to the LimeCulture research team. All identifiable information will be deleted from our server when the research is complete at the end of September 2017

This survey will be open for an 8-week period. The survey opens on Friday 21 July and closes on Friday 15 September 2017.

To access the survey, please click here.

Yesterday, Lime Culture CIC hosted two research engagement events, the first with providers of services for survivors and the second with commissioners of these services, as part of the male service standards project.

Stephanie Reardon, Joint Chief Executive of LimeCulture CIC, opened the day by welcoming all and introducing the session agenda. This was followed by Duncan Craig, Chief Executive of Survivors Manchesterand one of the founders of the Male Survivors Partnership, giving an overview of the history of MSP and explaining the governance arrangements of this particular project.

The first session, which was with providers of specialist sexual assault and abuse services, was facilitated by Stephanie, with input from LimeCulture’s Project Manager, Tom Leavesley, and Programme Manager, Becky Dewey-York.

Delegates in the session included MENding, Safeline, RASA, Family Matters, Survivors Manchester, Sunderland Counselling Service, East Kent Rape Crisis Centre, Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis, Galop

Alongside Stephanie Reardon asking questions and gathering oppinion, those present discussed, amongst other things:

  • The importance of ensuring male survivors get the higest quality of care and support
  • What quality looks like for boys and men?
  • The need for services to understand the difference in working with males, than working with females
  • The worry that standards can become a tick box or they can be too much for a service to undertake
  • The desire for there to be more opprtunities for men and boys to get help across the UK

In the afternoon, we were honoured to sit with key representatives from NHS England and Police and Crime Commissioners from such areas as Sussex, Essex , Lincolnshire , Thames Valley , Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, West Yorkshire and Surrey. This time, discussions were had themed as being about:

  • Governance
  • Partnership working
  • Not stifling innovation
  • Benchmarking
  • Responsibility of commissioning versus providing services

Both session were hugely important and Lime Culture and Duncan Craig, on behalf of the Male Survivors Partnership thanked all involved for committing to create change and make the UK a better place for male survivors.

The first meeting of the Male Survivors Partnership (MSP) Programme Management Group (PMG) was held in Birmingham yesterday to monitor the progress of the development of quality standards for services supporting male survivors of sexual violence.

Chaired by Survivors Manchester’s CEO, Duncan Craig, the PMG consisted of founding MSP members: Survivors UK’s CEO –  Andy Connolly; Mankind’s CEO – Martyn Sullivan; and Safeline’s CEO – Neil Henderson.

As the MSP have commissioned LimeCulture CIC to undertake the research, development and delivery of the Quality  Standards, LimeCulture’s Joint CEO, Stephanie Reardon; Programme Manager, Becky Dewey-York; and Project Manager, Tom Leavesley; were in attendance at the meeting, leading the MSP through a full  agenda that included the background to the project, the key deliverables, male survivor/commissionaire and professional engagement, the project plan, budget and risk register.

The meeting emphasised the importance of survivor engagement in helping to develop the quality standards, the engagement of all services involved in supporting male survivors of abuse and the need for transparency throughout the life of the the project.

Reflecting on this first meeting Duncan said

“It has been a dream of mine for so many years that those of us that work with male survivors can come together with the expressed aim of advancing the support and treatment of male survivors in the UK. Today showed me that dreams can come true”.

Founding MSP member, Neil Henderson said

“this is a survivor led project that aims to ensure that for those organisations that chose to support male survivors, understand the specialist support that is required to help them recover and encourages them to develop that professional and ethical expertise so that male survivors can move on from their abuse”.

Lime Culture’s Project Manager, Tom Leavesley concluded

“as a survivor that has first hand experience of the variety of support available to us males, its really exciting that along with my colleagues at LimeCulture, I get to help shape the positive future for men like me”.

The MSP would like to thank Lloyds Bank Foundation for their support in funding this project; and are grateful to Home Office, Ministry of Justice and NHS England for recognising the importance of this project.

PMG Documents:


The Male Survivors Partnership is delighetd to announce that Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, has awarded the partnership an £85,000 grant to develop quality standards for services for male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.

The two-year project, beginning May 2017 will see the development of new quality standards created and rolled out nationally across the UK. Crucially, the funding will also enable an accreditation process to sit along side the quality standards. This funding will be used to support up to 10 organisations to meet the quality standards and reach full accreditation by 2019.

In order to ensure that the male service standards are held independently of the MSP, they will be working in partnership with LimeCulture Community Interest Company (CIC), a leading national sexual violence training and development organisation to develop the standards.

Stephanie Reardon, Joint Chief Executive at Lime Culture said:

“This is a really exciting step forward for support services working with males who have experienced sexual violence”.

“With this funding, we will be doing a comprehensive review of existing service standards from around the world, consulting with experts in the field and listening to the views of males who have accessed support about what works. This will result in an agreed framework for services supporting males that will be rolled out across the UK.

“For males who have experienced sexual violence these new standards and the accreditation process that goes with them, will give a layer of reassurance about the quality of the services they are accessing at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable. They will have the knowledge that they will receive a nationally approved level of care and support – something they haven’t previously had.”

A two-year working plan is currently under development which will see 10 male survivor organistions and organistions supporting male survivors achieving acreditation and a plan for the following years.

Lime Culture’s Tom Leavesley, a survivor himself with expereince of using both male specific and gender inclusive services, will be managing the project and can be contacted on tom.leavesley@limeculture.co.uk

Survivors Manchester, Mankind UK, Safeline and Survivors UK, are delighted to announce that they will be actively working in partnership to create a shared space in the sexual violence sector that will actively promote and develop better support for male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.

Over the past 40 years there has been some great collaborations between people and organistions, particularly with the birth of Rape Crisis England and Wales in 1973, a model of working together that has supported girls and women and one that everyone should learn from.

However support for boys and men has been sparce and at best, ad-hoc.

Chief Executive of Survivors Manchester, Duncan Craig, said:

I am really excited about this new collaboration and what we could achieve together. Never before has there been such a concerted effort by those organisations specifically supporting boys and men, or those with specialist services for boys and men, to work across locations, disciplines and boundaries to make better spaces for males to heal. As a service provider and a survivor myself, I find it incredibly inspiring.

This isn’t the first time that these organistions have worked together. In 2015, as part of a working group with the Ministry of Justice, they alligned to support the delevelopment of the National Male Survivor helpline (0808 800 5005), managed and delivered by Safeline. Chief Executive, Neil Henderson said

Since we opened the helpine, hundreds of men have been in contact, many speaking out for the first time and since the revalations of the abuse within football, we have seen calls triple. Working together with colleagues across the UK has enabled us to have a truly National helpline, a central point of contact for boys and men and long may it continue as these individuals deserve every bit of support.

Along with the founding partners, the partnership will begin making links with other organistions across the UK who provide specific or specialised support to boys and men.

The Male Survivors Partnership will begin to work closely together on a number of projects both home and abroad.