The Male Service Standards, developed through the Male Survivors Partnership, is a quality assurance framework that enables organisations working with boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation to benchmark their work against an independent evidence base and improve and evidence the quality of service provision to male survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.
Male Service Standards
History of the Male Service Standards
In 2017, Lloyds Bank Foundation awarded the Male Survivors Partnership £85,000 to undertake a two year project to research, develop and produce a quality assurance framework to support the development of the sexual violence sector. The two year project would culminate with an independent accreditation programme and a number of organisations piloting the standards and accreditation process.
The Male Survivors Partnership commissioned LimeCultureCIC, the UK’s leading sexual violence training and development organisation to research, develop, and implement Quality Standards for services supporting male survivors of sexual violence, including an independent accreditation and monitoring process.
The standards were launched in the House of Lords, by Baroness Newlove, and supported by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, NHS England and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
The Male Service Standards
The Male Service Standards are available free of charge to any professional, service provider, client, or commissioner who wishes to access them to further the improvement of support for male victims/survivors.
All members of the Male Survivors Partnership can apply to be Male Service Standards Accredited through an independent accreditation process, which ensures that the organisation itself isn’t responsible for any awards.
The current independent accreditors are LimeCulture CIC.
If you are a member of the Male Survivors Partnership and would be interested in learning more about the independent accreditation process please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The team at LimeCulture CIC have compiled a useful FAQ document answering a range of questions around the accreditation process including what it is, who can apply and what the process entails. Please check it out here: FAQs – Independent Accreditation Programme