Leading Lights: accreditation for domestic abuse services

SafeLives Leading Lights status is the mark of quality for domestic abuse services and is increasingly being recognised by commissioners and funders across the UK.

The Leading Lights accreditation programme offers services, partner agencies and commissioners a set of standards for supporting victims of domestic abuse. The programme was launched in 2009 and many services have been offered coaching, workshops and assessment since that time, with over 50 gaining accreditation.

The programme is:

  • Open to all risk-led, community based domestic abuse services (eg outreach, floating support and Idva). Service managers can apply Leading Lights standards to all elements of their service provision - not just the Idva service.
  • Flexible. Accreditation is a simple, 2 stage process: a training course for service managers (which provides a portable qualification), followed by an external service assessment by SafeLives. The timescale for achieving accreditation is led by the service itself.

As well as running Leading Lights, we are a co-signatory (alongside Imkaan, Rape Crisis, Respect and Women's Aid) to a set of service standards. We acted as co-developers with other organisations in the sector and by the Child and Woman Abuse studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University. Download the 'Shared Core Standards'


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How can Leading Lights accreditation help my domestic abuse service?


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To apply or find out more, please contact kathryn.hinchliff@safelives.org.uk.