Safe Minimum Practice Standard (July 2012)
& Second Edition of the Respect Accreditation Standard (July 2012)
Safe Minimum Practice (SMP formerly known as Risk and Safeguarding Audits) Standard and process
This is an initial, safe minimum practice assessment. It involves assessment against 60 of the requirements in this Standard. This stage one assessment will reassure referrers and the public that the organisation is delivering a service that is capable of managing risk and safeguarding concerns. Unlike full accreditation, the assessment focuses on safety and risk management. Organisations with SMP status are safe to use but are not accredited.
SMP applies to all organisations providing domestic violence prevention programmes (DVPPs) working with men who use intimate partner violence (IPV), and also providing integrated safety services (ISS) for partners and ex-partners of these perpetrators. Organisations providing only individual work with domestic violence perpetrators can now also apply for SMP.
All services wishing to continue take referrals from the Respect advice line services will need to pass the SMP within two years of registration with Respect (being Respect members), as of 1 October 2011.
The SMP has to be renewed annually to remain valid.
Safe Minimum Practice assessments cost £1,850 – this is deductable from the cost of accreditation (see below) if the organisation undertakes the full accreditation assessment within 12 months of their last SMP/Risk Management and Safeguarding assessment.
Safe Minimum Practice assessments are renewable annually thereafter at a cost of £650 per year.
The Respect Safe Minimum Practice Standard is supported across the government and by a range of national charities.
The Respect Accreditation Standard and process
Accreditation has been developed so that members of the public, funders, commissioning agencies and other professionals can be assured of a high quality, safety-focused service from organisations accredited by Respect.
Accreditation provides a recognised framework for delivering programmes in many different ways, allowing skilled practitioners and effective projects to gain recognition for their work, to support safe practice and to assist with fundraising.
Practitioners, policy makers and researchers have been involved in developing and testing these requirements. The Standard and assessment methods will be reviewed every three years to ensure that they are updated as knowledge and experience expand.
Respect Accreditation Standard (2nd edition)
Respect has produced the Second Edition of the Respect Accreditation Standard (sometimes known as the 'Standard' or the 'Service Standard').
This is the latest version of the Standard and replaces the previous version. It applies to all organisations providing domestic violence prevention programmes (DVPPs) working with men who use intimate partner violence (IPV), and also providing integrated safety services (ISS) for partners and ex-partners of these perpetrators. Organisations providing only individual work with domestic violence perpetrators can now also apply for accreditation under the 2nd edition of the Service Standard.
The total cost of Accreditation is £7,000. If you would like advice on sources of funding to meet these costs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Respect Standard is supported across the government and by a range of national charities.
To read an interview with Binah Taylor, Director of Living Without Violence, about her experience of achieving Accreditation please click here.
Further information about Safe Minimum Practice & Accreditation
If you would like further information about accreditation or safe minimum practice, please contact Respect's Development Director, Neil Blacklock or Respect's Service Development Manager, Colin Fitzgerald.
If you are preparing for safe minimum practice or accreditation or thinking about applying, please go to the webpage called "applying for accreditation", for further information.
Attention All Respect Members (DVPPs and ISS providers): Accreditation Changes Notice - (September 2011)
Introduction of the Safe Minimum Practice assessment and new requirement for all Respect member Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes (DVPPs) that have not already entered the accreditation process.
If you are a Respect DVPP member please download this notification of changes to the accreditation system.
Download: Accreditation Changes Notice