14 December 2023

Specialist sexual violence agency, Survive, achieves TST accreditation

Charity meets service standards set by national body


Survive has just been awarded The Survivors Trust’s National Service Standards kitemark for delivering services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse, including child sexual abuse.

The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK and has been providing infrastructure support to our members for the past 20 years. It has 120 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland.

The 10-moth inspection period included a full review of policies and procedures, as well as a site visit and interviews with staff, volunteers and trustees.

Survive CEO, Ms Mags Godderidge said, “We are absolutely thrilled with this achievement. It’s like an early Christmas present. Survive always strives to deliver the best possible trauma-informed service to survivors and now we have the certificate to prove it!”

The inspection notes Survive’s ongoing commitment to continued development and improvement of its service and its people. Plus Survive‘s clear vision and strategy for the future with the leadership in place to achieve this. Other areas of strength included staff feeling supported and cared for, passionate about the nature of their work, and enjoying the culture within Survive.

The Survivor Trust National Service Standards provide a framework for specialist rape and sexual abuse services, like Survive, to evidence and develop good practice, sound management and effective service delivery, sensitive to gender, sexuality, cultural and social backgrounds.

“It is essential that all survivors of sexual violence and abuse have access to quality services. This kitemark means survivors, funders and those who donate to Survive can be assured that we are delivering quality, trauma-informed services”.

Survive delivers a range of FREE specialist, trauma-informed services to adult survivors living in York, North Yorkshire, and East Riding of Yorkshire. Survivors do not need to report the crime to the police to access Survive services and can self-refer here or by calling 01904 638813.

Survive Helpline also supports those affected directly or indirectly by sexual violence and can be contacted 10am-12pm Mon-Thurs on freephone 0808 145 1887.


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