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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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