Notts SVSS Asa Services Accredited with Male Quality Standards
Notts SVSS are pleased to announce the Asa Hub and Therapy Service has this week been accredited with the Male Survivors Partnership Quality Standards.
Known in full as the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence, the award is independently accredited by Lime Culture. The Quality Mark is awarded to organisations in recognition of their commitment to ensuring a quality service is delivered to male victims-survivors.
The accreditation process looked at our policies and procedures, awareness of the needs of male clients, equality of access to the different services we provide and our website and promotional items. As well as meeting the senior management team and having a virtual walk around our premises, Lime Culture also met with male and female staff working in the Hub/Helpline and the Counselling team.
Although Notts SVSS has been providing services to males for a number of years now, the accreditation process gave us the opportunity to review that support and how we make our service equal and accessible to males. We were able to demonstrate our knowledge of the specific needs of male victims-survivors and how we respond to those needs.
November is also known as Movember and Men’s Health Month. During this month we have been using our social media to highlight the needs of male survivors. The timing of the accreditation has helped us to raise awareness of the services available to males in Nottingham/shire even further.
The Quality Mark for male services is held by only a few organisations and we are extremely proud to be on that list. It lasts until May 2024 and comes just a few months after our ISVA Service retained the Lime Culture Quality Standard mark. We hope these, along with our long-standing accreditation with Rape Crisis England and Wales, will give all survivors confidence in coming to us for support, whatever their gender.