The MSAS team work with various agencies and organisations, raising awareness of SARC services for men and boys, and delivering training to other professionals who work with them.
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex MSAS teams work alongside the following partners, supporting male outreach, engagement, and education regarding SARC and aftercare services. Should your institution or organisation benefit from learning more, please do hesitate to contact your local MSAS representative. We are always open to working with and supporting new partners.
Police Forces Working with our Police partners allows us to reach groups and individuals who the police work with. Understanding the communities we serve, supports our work. The various liaison officers of our local forces such as the Youth and LGBT teams support our engagement aims. MSAS team also works in close conjunction with SOIT officers (Sexual Violence Investigating Team) supporting any male who accesses our services. The MSAS team is available to attend SOIT training sessions, informing of SARC procedures and male engagement.
ISVA Services Each county offers a robust ISVA service (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors). Primarily these offer individual emotional support, guidance and advice around ongoing criminal justice processes and procedures. The MSAS team work closely with ISVAs, exploring if there is any further support males could access, to run parallel to the work they do.
Counselling The MSAS team has knowledge and awareness of a host of counselling services throughout the South East region. This enables us best placed to explore the counselling options available to any male and assist in any referral pathway.
Sexual Health Services Throughout our region, there are numerous NHS Sexual Health Services. MSAS works closely with these teams, making sure any male that accesses a SARC, has the best possible access to these services. MSAS attends team meetings with these services, highlighting best practice regarding SARC services.
Mental Health Services Through our outreach approach, together with the knowledge of our clinically trained colleagues at the SARC, we are aware of numerous mental health services, and can work with any male to establish the best mental health support for their individual needs.
Probation and Social Work Services Through tailored outreach and engagement work, the MSAS team do and will support these services in raising awareness of male access to the SARC and the benefits of this. We can and do attend awareness / team meetings highlighting our services and are we are happy to attend where possible breakfast club meetings and similar, reaching out to male individuals.
Prisons and Criminal Justice The MSAS team and SARCs have robust professional relationships with many Healthcare providers within Prisons and with many prison personnel. This enables the very best advice and guidance to be given immediately after an unwanted sexual experience, whilst offering consistent and ongoing awareness of our services. Our aim is to also look at best practice in offering any ongoing support to prison residents, following an unwanted sexual experience.
Charities A large part of our approach is to reach organisations who support men in a professional capacity. This has led us to hold awareness sessions for staff teams of youth and social care organisations such as the YMCA and the Samaritans.
Universities We have formed important links with the largest universities in our region so that their male students know that we are able to support them if needed. MSAS works closely with both the student and staffing faculties to be a consistent presence on campus. This can and does include attending, where possible, well being and fresher events.
Schools & Colleges Working in an age appropriate way, MSAS offers an educational platform for schools and colleges to access. Together with partners we have and can co-deliver workshop / awareness sessions to male students, focussing on subjects such as online safety and consent, whilst raising awareness of the SARC, again in an age appropriate way.
LGBTQ+ MSAS works with partners across our region to support LGBTQ+ communities and raise awareness of Male services accessed via the SARC. Such partners include Terence Higgin Trust and Pride events in Sussex, Surrey & Kent.
Armed Forces & Military Largely through our partners the Armed Forces Network ( which covers Sussex, Kent, Medway and parts of Surrey), we thrive to offer the very best support the serving personnel, veterans and immediately family member. MSAS representatives have been awarded with Armed Forces Network Champion status., which enables regularly training and networking to best support the military community. Through the Armed Forces Covenant (a government pledge) the military community should have fast tracked access to a host of support services, and MSAS are able to assist with any referral.
Domestic Violence and Abuse Services Unfortunately the nature of the work we do, can and often does have an overlap with domestic violence. At MSAS we recognise that domestic violence against males is often an under reported crime, and we thrive to assist any male reporting such a crime with as much support as possible. Working with our Police partners, and numerous Domestic Violence agencies and organisations across our region, we are best placed to know the pathways, enabling any male to get the support they need.
Substance misuse and Addictions MSAS works with partners and agencies across this field, with vast knowledge of individuals supporting a range of issues, from drug and alcohol misuse, to addictions arounds subjects such as gambling, sex, food, gaming, work, shopping and debit. Please speak to us if any of these subject resonates with you, and we will endeavour to link you / a client with the best service to support this.
Homeless & Housing Associations MSAS engages with many homeless charities and housing associations across the South East region, raising awareness of male support available at the SARC. This includes larger national organisations such as The Salvation Army and St, Mungo's, but also smaller and bespoke services offering local support to their respective local communities.