Introduction to Respect Accreditation

The Respect Accreditation Standard was introduced in 2008. 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.


Accredited member organisations

For a list and a map of our accredited members click here.


We do not prescribe a model of work.

Practitioners, policy makers and researchers have been involved in developing and testing these requirements. The Standard and assessment methods are reviewed every three years to ensure that they are updated as knowledge and experience expand. The Second Edition of the Respect Accreditation Standard was reviewed in 2011 and published in 2012.

This latest version of the Standard and replaces previous versions.  It applies to all Respect member organisations providing domestic violence prevention programmes (DVPPs) for men using intimate partner violence (IPV), and integrated safety services (ISS) for their partners and ex-partners.  Organisations providing only individual work with domestic violence perpetrators can now also apply for accreditation under the 2nd edition of the Service Standard.

To download a copy of the accreditation manual please click on the following link: Second edition of the Respect Accreditation Standard.

The Respect Accreditation Standard is endorsed by a number of government and non-government organisations & these are listed in the accreditation manual.

Respect Accreditation Process & SMP

All services wishing to become SMP or Respect accredited must be apply for membership first. Find out how to become a member here:

Most organisations wishing to become accredited begin by first undertaking a Safe Minimum Practice (SMP) assessment. This stage one assessment is designed reassure referrers and the public that the organisation is delivering a service that is capable of managing risk and safeguarding concerns. Unlike accreditation, the assessment focuses solely on safety and risk management.

Organisations with SMP status are considered safe to use but are not accredited.

All services wishing to take referrals from the Respect Phoneline will need to pass SMP. The SMP has to be renewed annually to remain valid.

Safe Minimum Practice assessments currently cost £1,850 + VAT (this is deductible from the cost of accreditation if the organisation proceeds to accreditation assessment within a year of their last SMP assessment) and is renewable annually unless organisations have gone on to complete accreditation. It is supported across relevant government departments and by a range of national charities.

To download the Safe Minimum Practice manual please click on the following link: Safe Minimum Practice manual.

To apply for SMP please contact the Membership, Training and Events Officer, Julia Hawkins on 020 7549 0578 or email [email protected]

Applying to be accredited

If you are considering applying or are ready to apply, download the accreditation application pack and read through everything carefully. You will need to complete the application forms; provide contact details of the member of staff identified as liaison person for the accreditation process; complete the readiness checklist and the desk top review list.

You will also need to be able to supply all the documents necessary for the desk top review. Each organisation will fulfil the desk top review in different ways – you may have some documents which fulfil several requirements. This is why you have to complete the desk top review form as well as the application form, so that Respect assessors can identify the documents you are sending and so that you can check you are fulfilling all the requirements. The total cost of Respect Accreditation is £7000 + VAT and this lasts for 3 years before renewal is due.

Download: Respect Accreditation – Application pack and desktop review list

Once you have completed the necessary forms please return them by email to [email protected] alternatively you can send them to our postal address below. You will also need to send payment. If you wish to do so via our BACS system you can – please indicate in your email if this is the case – otherwise please send a cheque to our postal address:

Development House
56 – 64 Leonard Street

What happens next?

Once we have received your application for either SMP or accreditation we will process them and assign assessors accordingly. The assessor(s) will then contact you and organise times and dates to visit your organisation and conduct the assessment. Following this visit the assessor will write a report which you will get the opportunity to comment on before it is submitted to ensure the information contained in it is correct.

If it is a SMP report then the Membership, Training and Events Officer will contact you to confirm whether or not you have achieved Respect SMP.

Accreditation reports are submitted to an independent accreditation panel who will scrutinise the report and interview the assessor before making a decision as to whether or not your organisation has achieved Respect Accreditation. If you disagree with the panel’s decision there is an appeals process.

Further Information

To discuss any of the above further please contact the Membership, Training and Events Officer, Julia Hawkins on 020 7549 0578 or email [email protected]

You may also find the answer to some of your questions below:


Q: Why are you only accrediting services that work with men who are abusive to female partners? Surely domestic abuse happens in other contexts?

A: We fully accept that domestic abuse happens in a variety of ways in a variety of relationships – not always male to female. However, this is the area in which we have the greatest understanding and evidence base of what works, so this is where we began. In the future, as we gather information about practice, we will look to provide agreed standards for work with perpetrators of abuse in different contexts.

Q: £7000 is a lot of money for organisations to pay. Why is it so much?

A: We appreciate that resources will always be an issue for our member organisations and we try very much to reduce costs for members where ever we can. Consequently, we are not making any profit from accreditation. The amount we charge is to cover our costs – nothing else.

Q: Is there funding available to help cover the fee?

A: There is no funding exclusively available to fund accreditation. However, many funders and commissioners will support funding in this area as part of a wider funding bid to deliver work with men using violence in their relationships.

Q: Why wouldn’t organisations just annually renew SMP each year?

A: There is nothing to stop organisations doing this. However, in so doing they miss the opportunity to have their accreditation fee reduced. This effectively allows organisations to have four years of assessment for the price of three. Additionally, reaccreditation (after 3 years) is drastically reduced in price as this takes less resources once accreditation is achieved.

Q: How many organisations have been through the assessment process?

A: You can see the list of organisations who have passed SMP and/or accreditation on the following link Respect Accredited Members

Q: What other support can you offer us?

A: We have a range of resources that have been developed specifically for member organisations including training and policy examples. These are either free to members or offered at discounted cost. Please contact the Membership, Training and Events Officer for further information.



Article on the UK accreditation process

Neil Blacklock, Development Director at Respect and author of the standard discusses accreditation with Rodney Vlais from No To Violence, Australia.

This article appeared in the No To Violence Journal Spring 2014 edition – download it here

The full journal can be ordered from NTV