The Male Survivors Partnership Announces further five services being offered the Opportunity for Accreditation
Following additional funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, the Male Survivors Partnership in conjunction with LimeCulture CIC, is delighted to announce that five additional services have been offered the opportunity to participate in the next Independent Accreditation Programme for Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence starting in June 2019.
Applications were welcomed from a range of voluntary and community sector services, statutory, private and academic organisations, across England and Wales, who currently support male victims/survivors of sexual violence.
The five services who submitted successful applications to receive the funding for the next Independent Accreditation Programme are:
- Circles South East Counselling for Survivors
- RASASC North Wales Counselling
- Renaissance ISVA service
- London South Bank University SVLO* service
- The University of Sheffield SVLO* service
*SVLO – Sexual Violence Liaison Officer
The funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales will also allow for a further five services to apply to join the programme later in the year. Details of how to apply will be made available at the time.
Neil Henderson, chair and co-founder of Male Survivors Partnership and CEO of Safeline, who manage the National Male Survivors helpline, said: “Since hosting our inaugural symposium, we have been thrilled with the response by organisations wanting to not only join the partnership but also go through the accreditation process.
“We are delighted to be able to offer these further opportunities for organisations who work with male survivors of unwanted sexual experiences, to go through the independent accreditation process.”
Jo Seward, Operations Director at LimeCulture, added: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence and the subsequent interest in the Independent Accreditation Programme. Since launching in early 2018, we have been asked to accredit over 40 organisations and to be able to increase this by a further 5 at this time is amazing. We are especially pleased to be welcoming two Higher Education establishments to the Accreditation Programme for the first time, recognising the value and significance of the Quality Standards being applied across all sectors.”
The Quality Standards, launched in January 2018, were developed for all services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence, including those services who also may also provide support to women and/or children too. For further information on the standards and further guidance please visit the Male Survivors Partnership website – www.malesurvivor.co.uk or follow on Twitter – @MaleSurvivorUK or Facebook – @MaleSurvivorsPartnership or Instagram – @MaleSurvivorsPartnership
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About The Male Survivors Partnership:
The Male Survivors Partnership was founded by four specialist sexual violence services (Survivors Manchester, Mankind, Safeline and SurvivorsUK) whose collective aim is to ensure support is available to meet the specific needs of male victims/survivors.
Male Survivors Partnership is a consortium of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation support organisations that offer specialist support to boys and men across the UK, working together for the purpose of generating healing.