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LimeCulture is a specialist sexual violence organisation. Our aim is to improve the competence and confidence of frontline professionals responding to victims of sexual violence. We want to ensure all practitioners and professionals working in the field of sexual violence have the tools, knowledge, skills, competence and confidence to respond effectively, professionally and safely to safeguard the welfare of children and adults affected by sexual violence, including the prevention and early intervention of those most at risk.  

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LimeLight Award 2017: The winners are….

Limelight imageThe 3rd National ISVA Conference ‘Knowledge & Network’, hosted by LimeCulture took places yesterday (28 September 2017) in Manchester. It was another fantastic event with more than 100 ISVAs coming together from across England,  Wales and Northern Ireland to share knowledge, learn about topics that affect their practice and network with their peers.

LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards last year (2016) to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

Baroness Helen Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales congratulated the shortlisted nominees and announced the winner of each category . The winners were invited to the stage, where they were presented with their LimeLight Award – to lots of applause and cheers from the audience of ISVAs.

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults went to Barbara Pawson from Arch North East

James Seward, Member of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board, said of the winner Barbara Pawson “The three short-listed nominees for this award are outstanding, but the winner of this categorry has made an exceptional contribution to supporting clients and going above and beyond in engaging with her local community making it safe for people to come forward. 

Photo: Barbara Pawson of Arch North East © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People went to Heather Ind of Spring Lodge, Lincolnshire SARC.

“The contenders for this award are all truly fantastic and doing amazing work. The winner has made an outstanding contribution to setting up the service in her area, developing age appropriate supports and been commended by her local police service for her work”

Unfortunately, Health Ind was unable to collect her LimeLight Award in person. Heather has recently become a mum to a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations Heather on the birth of your lovely daughter.

Photo: Amanda Farquar and Gail Barker of Spring Lodge with Stephanie Reardon and Kim Doyle from LimeCulture holding a “For Heather’ sign! © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team went to Herts SARC ISVA Team

All the teams nominated for this award are doing fantastic work and they are all demonstrating the value of working in supportive, close-knit teams. The winning team is well-established, high-performing and making a real impact in their local community”.

 

Photo: Dani Reece of Herts SARC ISVA Team © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager went to Ruth Nash of Ynys Saff (Safe Island) Cardiff SARC.

“All the Managers nominated for this award are inspirational leaders who bring exceptional abilities to their teams. However, the award goes to a Manager who has combined the ability to successfully work with partners even at times of pressure with building a safe, nurturing environment to enable her team to develop effectively”.

Unfortunately, Ruth was not able to attend the LimeLight Awards Ceremony, but Debbie Donaldson (ISVA at Ynys Saff) collects the award on her Manager’s behalf

Photo: Debbie Donaldson of Ynys Saff © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

LimeCulture would like to thank everybody who nominated an ISVA, an ISVA Team or an ISVA Manager to make the 2017 LimeLight Awards a great success! We would also like to say congratulations to the other 8 individuals ISVAs and Teams who were shortlisted for the awards across all 4 categories- a fantastic achievement in itself due to the quality of the  services provided by the 400 ISVAs and 100+ ISVA Teams working across the UK.

Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, chairing the event said that ISVAs are ‘unmatched’ in the support they provide to victims and survivors of sexual violence to meet their needs, including supporting them through the criminal justice process.

 

Baroness Newlove said she was ‘truly honoured’ to present  the LimeLight Awards at the National ISVA Conference. She said, “all ISVAs are winners, but the LimeLight Awards are a wonderful way of rewarding the work of exceptional ISVAs’.
   

   

Photos: Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales presents awards to the LimeLight Awards 2017 winners. (Top Right) Barbara Pawson from Arch North East. (Top Right) Amanda Farquar – Heather Ind’s (very proud) Manager. (Bottom Left) Dani Reece for Herts SARC ISVA Team. (Bottom Right) Debbie Donaldson collects the award for her Manager (Ruth Nash). © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

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LimeCulture publishes new findings about victims in sexual offences trials being questioned about previous sexual history

Today LimeCulture publishes new findings about unfair questioning of victims about previous sexual history in sexual offence trials.

A survey into Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) and court cases that they have attended over a two-year period – April 2015 – April 2017 – has revealed that Section 41 of the Youth Justice Crime and Evidence Act 1999 is not always being applied in line with Government guidelines.

As a result, LimeCulture – the leading national sexual violence training and development organisation – and Baroness Newlove , the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales are recommending independent legal representation and advice to be made available for complainants in cases where the defence wish to introduce questioning about their previous sexual history, to ensure Section 41 is applied correctly.

Section 41 was introduced in 1999 to protect victims from unfair questioning about their previous sexual history during court proceedings. According to the findings from this new research, proper processes relating to Section 41 JYCEA 1999 were not applied consistently across England and Wales.

The findings also show that complainants are not consistently informed about the intention to question them about their sexual history, which could also mean there is no opportunity for the prosecution to challenge this or to take instructions or to call witnesses to challenge the facts of the sexual history being discussed. As victims of sexual crime do not have access to independent legal representation it is up to the judge or prosecution to ensure Section 41 is upheld correctly. This is not happening in all cases.

The report can be found at www.limeculture.co.uk

For any queries about the findings from the new research please contact LimeCulture on 0203 633 0018 or email info@limeculture.co.uk

For press enquiries please contact Becky Roberts on 07925 937080, Jaime Gee on 0161 850 0565 or email becky@jampr.co.uk or jaime@jampr.co.uk

 

 

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LimeLight Awards 2017: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2017 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the Knowledge and Network Event for ISVAs on Thursday 28 September 2017.

We were once again absolutely delighted by the nominations we have received for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We have received a large number of nominations in each of the four categories.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, which was completed in two stages; an initial sift (which selected 6 nominations in each category) and a final sift (which selected 3 nominations from the initial sift in each category). These two stages were conducted independently of one another and by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2017

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults

This category looks to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual ISVAs. This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting adults who have demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their adult clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Lisa Monks – RSVP
  2. Yvonne Raybone – Amethyst SARC 
  3. Barbara Pawson – Arch North East

Award 2: Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People

This LimeLight Award is in honour and memory of Vicky Bardsley, an accredited ISVA who worked at the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) supporting Children and Young People. Vicky sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015 leaving behind her family, many friends and her committed colleagues at RSVP, and a positive legacy for the many sexually abused children and young people that she has supported.

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting children and young people who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their young clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Hannah Mart – Amethyst SARC
  2. Heather Ind – Spring Lodge SARC
  3. Satinder Kaur – FreeVA

 

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team

This award looks to recognise UK-based ISVA teams or services of all sizes and sectors who are leading the way in the provision of ISVA services. This LimeLight award seeks to reward an ISVA team or service that has made a significant contribution to supporting their clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Victim Support Northern Ireland ISVA Team
  2. National Ugly Mugs ISVA Team
  3. Hertfordshire SARC ISVA Team

 

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager

This category looks to reward UK-based Managers of ISVA Teams or Services. This LimeLight Award seeks to recognise and reward an ISVA Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an ISVA Service or Team.

  1. Vicky Green – Rasa Merseyside
  2. Ruth Nash – Ynys Saff / Cardiff SARC
  3. Magdelena Gulcz-Hayward – Gloucestershire SARC

 

The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Mr James Seward who is a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board. James has been given the responsibility of selecting the winner of each category, which will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs Knowledge and Network Event for ISVAs on Thursday 28 September 2017.

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that has been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award. With the existence of such a committed and dynamic ISVA workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement and testament to the professionalism of each of the nominees.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an ISVA, ISVA Team or a Manager for a LimeLight Award. It is clear that there are a whole range of individuals, teams and Managers providing excellent services throughout the country. From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support. Well done to you all!

 

Through the introduction of the LimeLight Awards, LimeCulture seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

We believe that ISVAs deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence. The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of ISVAs and their services.

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Launch of Survey for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

LimeCulture CIC, in partnership with the Male Survivors Partnership, have today launched a national survey to gather the views and suggestions of male survivors of sexual violence about support services. The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/quality-standards

Funded by a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, the survey will inform a two-year project, which will see new quality standards developed and rolled out across the  UK for service supporting male survivors.

For males who have experienced sexual violation, 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.

In order to support the development of the quality standards we are conducting a survey with male survivors to understand their views and experiences of support services. We have great ambitions for this survey and are keen to have as many men over the age of 18 years old as possible contribute to the survey – this will help us to ensure the new quality standards are informed directly by male survivors and are fit for purpose to meet their needs.  However, we do understand that sharing information of this nature may cause distress and unwanted feelings. Therefore, for anyone wanting support during or after the completion of this survey, support is available via the National Male Support Helpline on 0808 800 5005 or visit www.malesurvivor.co.uk where access to online chat and local face to face service information is available.

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

If you would like further information about the Survey- or about any aspect of the project, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Leavesley who is leading this work.

Tom Leavesley, Project Manager, LimeCulture CIC

Tom.Leavesley@limeculture.co.uk

0203 633 0018



 

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Do you provide support services to males who have experienced sexual violence?

If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you!

We are holding a Consultation Workshop on Wednesday 19 July (10am-12noon) in London and we are inviting providers of support services for male victims/survivors of sexual violence to join us to discuss the development of quality standards for services supporting males. To book a place at the free workshop please click here.

LimeCulture is working in partnership with Male Survivors Partnership 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, which started in May 2017, will see the development of new quality standards  which will be rolled out nationally across the UK.

The project involves

  •  A comprehensive review of existing service standards consulting with experts in the field, service leads and commissioners while listening to the views of males who have accessed support about what works.
  •  Design and trial of standards resulting in an agreed framework for services supporting males that will be rolled out across the UK in early 2018.
  • During 2018,  the project will trial an accreditation process to sit alongside the quality standards, supporting up to 10 organisations to meet the quality standards and reach 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.

To support the standards development we are consulting with services currently supporting male victims/survivors in order to:

  • Gather information which will enable us to develop standards which are fit for purpose and address the quality expectations of services supporting male survivors,
  • Seek provider views on the scope of the standards and what the quality standards should include,
  • Provide details on opportunity for future engagement including survey of male victims/survivors who have accessed services and quality standards accreditation and monitoring trial.

For more information, please contact Dedicated Project ManagerTom Leavesley (Tom.Leavesley@limeculture.co.uk)

 

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LimeLight Awards: Open for Nominations

LimeCulture CIC is delighted to be hosting the 3rd Knowledge & Network Event for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) on Thursday 28 September 2017. This major event for ISVA Services will be taking place in Manchester.

It is becoming widely recognised that ISVAs play an integral role in providing support and responding to those who have been raped or sexually assaulted. ISVAs have much to share about how to provide the best possible services regardless of whether they are located in the Third Sector, Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) or Statutory Agencies. ISVAs are part of an important workforce that is increasing in size and recognition. This major event will bring together professionals to share knowledge and provide a unique opportunity to network with other members of the ISVA workforce.

At last year’s National ISVA Conference, chaired by Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards to provide professional recognition for the amazing work that is undertaken by ISVAs throughout the UK. LimeCulture is keen to ensure that the outstanding contributions and achievements of these professionals who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work as ISVAs continue to be properly recognised through the LimeLight Awards.

There are 4 LimeLight Awards, divided into three categories:

  • Awards for an Individual ISVA (2 separate awards)
  • Award for an ISVA Team
  • Award for an ISVA Manager

Anyone can nominate an individual ISVA, an ISVA Manager or an ISVA Team or Service by simply completing a nomination form- you can also nominate yourself or your own team. Nominations open on 7 June and close on 31 August 2017.

LimeLight Awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Knowledge & Network: An Event for ISVAs on Thursday 28 Septemeber 2017. More information about how to nominate can be found by clicking here

For more information about last year’s LimeLight Awards and the inspirational winners of each category please click here

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Knowledge & Network will include a topical range of speakers, workshops and designated time to network and meet peers. The focus of the event will be aimed at improving operational responses and ISVA practices. The event should be viewed as continued professional development.

To book your place please click here

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Supporting male survivors of sexual violence: Call for services to participate in Consultation

Are you a specialist sexual violence service supporting males? Would you be interested in sharing your experiences, views and suggestions with LimeCulture CIC as part of an exciting new project focusing on the support available to men and boys who have experienced sexual violence? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

LimeCulture CIC has been commissioned by the Male Survivors Partnership to develop new service standards for services providing support to males. This 2-year project has recently been funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

As part of the development of the new service standards, LimeCulture is keen to consult with services providing support to males to seek the views of a range of specialist providers about what support is available to men and boys and how it should be delivered.

We are planning to carry out a series of interviews and focus groups with services providing support to males throughout June and early July 2017. We are keen to involve a range of services and are looking for services who would be willing to take part in this aspect of the project.

We are particularly interested in hearing from services that provide the following support to males:

  • 1:1 psychological support
  • Group work/peer support
  • ISVA support
  • Helpline support
  • Forensic medical services (including medical and crisis worker support)

Please note – the services involved in this aspect of the project are not required to be dedicated male-only support services. We would like to seek the views from a range of services that allow males to access their services.

Involvement in the project

  • LimeCulture staff will come to your service to carry out the interviews/focus groups (so that your staff don’t need to travel).
  • Interviews/focus groups will be carried out in a single day (or less if you are a small service)
  • A range of staff must be available to speak to our staff (this will depend on how your service is delivered so we’ll discuss this with you before we arrive!)

Ideally, we would like to speak to a range of staff members within your service, so please ensure that you have agreement from management to take part in this project before putting your service forward!

If your service would like to be included in the schedule of interviews, please contact Tom Leavesley, Project Manager, LimeCulture Tom.Leavesley@limeculture.co.uk no later than Friday 26 May 2017

Please drop Tom an email telling him know the name of your service, where you are located and what type of support is available to males at your service.

We hope to involve between 6-8 services in this consultation but this will depend on the number of services who volunteer to be involved in the consultation. It is important to note, that it may not be possible to involve every service that volunteers.

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