What accreditation means to services - in their own words

“The Dash Charity is honoured to be one of the first in the country to achieve SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation. It validates the work of the organisation in its efforts to keep the safety of victims of domestic abuse at the heart of its work. Furthermore, the accreditation has enabled the charity to advance through funding processes as the accreditation highlights The Dash Charity's as a quality assurance agency which is vital in an ever changing economy and within a sector that values outcomes based work.” 

Delia Donovan, CEO, Dash (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) Charity

“The (Leading Lights) process has provided a useful benchmark to evaluate our service effectiveness, and that it illustrates the high standards of work that we seek to deliver to families, children and adults affected by domestic abuse. Our commissioners are delighted that it has provided an external validation of their decision to commission Barnardo's.” 

Barnardo's Idva service, Wigan

“When we started on the accreditation process, we knew we had policies and procedures that we had outgrown. The SafeLives accreditation gave us a framework within which to review what we were doing with the objectivity and insight to determine what we needed to change and how to change it.” 

Trish Harrison, Worth service manager 

“… we received excellent, consistent support from the Leading Lights coach at SafeLives. She was always at the end of a phone, she gave clear communication both before and after visits and as a result, we didn't feel alone through the process. We were going through a number of accreditations at the time and this was by far the best.” 

Dee Conlon, Idva service manager, Blackpool Advocacy

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