Quality Standards for Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Male Survivors Partnership, founded by Survivors Manchester, Mankind UK, Safeline and Survivors UK, is working in  partnership with LimeCulture to develop quality standards for services for male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.

Funded by a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales a two-year project, beginning May 2017 will see the development of new quality standards developed and rolled out nationally across the UK.

The project will include a comprehensive review of existing service standards from around the world, consulting with experts in the field, service leads and commissioners while listening to the views of males who have accessed support about what works.  The standards will be designed and trialed through 2017, resulting in an agreed framework for services supporting males that will be rolled out across the UK in early 2018

Crucially, the funding will also enable the development of 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.

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.

The project will involve consultation with providers and commissoners of services supporting men as well as male victims/survivors on their views and experiences of support services.

So far within the Developmental Phase,  the project team have

  • visited more than 10 services supporting male victims/survivors and speaking with staff and managers.
  •  held national consultation events for service providers and commissioners. 
  • conducted an online survey for male victims and survivors on their views experience of support services

The team is currenty drafting the standards which will be  published here for consultation in Autumn 2017 


For more information about this project if you are interested in contributing to the developmental please email Tom.Leavesley@limeculture.co.uk

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