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Everyone at IDAS is proud to be part of our specialist organisation committed to delivering high quality support to victims and survivors.  We believe that everyone has the right to a life free from abuse and violence and this ethos underpins our work and our approach to safeguarding.

From many years’ experience we know that specialist services offer the best support for victims and survivors and that many people are reluctant to come forward and seek help from statutory or general services.

All our services have been developed in consultation with the people who use them and with our partner agencies.

Our values

Our core values run through the work we do and how we do it.  We are compassionate, determined, inclusive, courageous and respectful. We will never tell people what they should do, we respect a persons’ right to make their own decisions.  We offer non-judgemental support and through both our individual programmes and group work, we empower people to make their own choices and to determine their own future.


We work hard to ensure that the people we support, our staff, volunteers, trustees and sub-contracted agents who come into contact with the organisation are protected from harm, abuse of power or exploitation.

We have extensive policies that outline our approach and commitment to safeguarding and everyone involved in the delivery or management of our services undertakes extensive safeguarding training and is provided with expert management and supervision.

View a copy of our Safeguarding Strategy here

“ The stage between finding out the case was going to court and having the court date was the most difficult, my ISVA filled the void. She reassured me that the emotions I was going through were normal. She always gave me reassurance. The support was person centred not me fitting around support offered. She made me feel less alone, the process affects every part of your life, I had some-one to go to for reassurance. It was most useful to have some-one who was completely impartial to talk to. She kept me up to date with information.  She never led the conversation and always asked appropriate questions at the right time.”

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives
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