***Important (COVID-19) notice*** Savana will be continuing to offer counselling and support services throughout the upcoming lockdown period. At this time there will be no change to the services offered. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that our premises adhere to the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our clients, counsellors and staff is our top priority and we are doing all we can to continue providing our services to all.

 

Please be aware you can still contact the service on 01782 433204 / 433205 if you require any support. As always, we will do our upmost to support all our clients, counsellor’s and staff. For more information and guidance on our procedures for attending your face to face sessions, click here.

ISVA SERVICE

Savana houses 2 Independent Sexual Violence Advisor’s (ISVA’s) who are Independent of the police and any other agency.

‘If it wasn't for these people I would not of been able to stand in court, they supported me and my family to the end’
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ISVA Client Feedback
2019/20

What does an ISVA do?

ISVA’s advise and support people who have been raped or sexually abused. This service provides practical and emotional support to clients.

What does an ISVA do?

ISVA’s advise and support people who have been raped or sexually abused. This service provides practical and emotional support to clients.

How does AN ISVA SERVICE WORK?

ISVA’s work with you to identify your needs and advise on other services available providing advocacy where needed.

How does AN ISVA SERVICE WORK?

ISVA’s work with you to identify your needs and advise on other services available providing advocacy where needed.

Do I need to have reported my experience?

It is always your decision whether to report. This support can be accessed regardless of whether you have reported your experience or not.

Do I need to have reported my experience?

It is always your decision whether to report. This support can be accessed regardless of whether you have reported your experience or not.

How can an Isva help me?

Employment

ISVA'S can support with helping a client to move forward when they feel ready to look at employment. ISVA'S can also support if a client is having difficulties in the workplace and can work together with the management to ensure that client is receiving the best possible support to help them to move forward.​

Health

ISVA'S can support clients by attending appointments with them so that they do not feel alone. This can include, sexual health, mental health and GP. medical appointments.​

Benefits

ISVA'S can help clients to complete their benefit application, help to appeal if their benefits have been turned down and can attend benefit tribunals with clients. ISVA'S can also attend medical appointments with clients which is a requirement when applying for benefits.​

Education

ISVA'S can support with helping a client to move forward when they feel ready to look at further education.ISVAS can also support if a client is having difficulties with education or school and can work together with the school to ensure that client is receiving the best possible support to help them to move forward.​

Housing

ISVAS can support clients to complete housing applications. ISVA's can also liase with housing associations on the clients behalf and can attend any interviews with the client.​

Criminal Justice Support

ISVA'S can liase with other organisation's on a clients behalf and be a spokesperson for the client when needed. This could include liaising with the police, cps, courts, schools, employers, colleges, housing and many more.​

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Why is a decicated Child ISVA so important?

How do I get referred to an ISVA?

To Refer yourself into our ISVA service you can download the referral form below:

Once downloaded, please fill in the form and return via email to: info@savana.org.uk
Alternatively, you can use our online referral form here:

How do I get referred to an ISVA?

To Refer yourself into our ISVA service you can download the referral form below:

Frequently Asked Questions

You can work with your ISVA to help you to decide if you wish to report to the police and they can give you information about the legal process and your rights.

If you have reported, ISVAs can help before, during and after the criminal justice process.

If you decide not to report your experience, you may need help identifying what support you may need. The ISVA will help you to access that support and you will have the opportunity to talk about your situation is a safe space.

The ISVAs have links to services across Staffordshire and will help you to access these services.
The service is confidential and your details will only be shared in the following circumstances:
– Where you give consent for the confidence to be broken
– Where the ISVA is compelled by a court of law
– Where the information indicates that there is a significant risk of significant harm to you or someone else, and telling someone would make a difference.
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