Standards work

Apna Haq adheres to several accredited Standards, which ensures our work as a specialist black and minority ethnic (BME) violence against women and girls (VAWG) service is of the highest quality.

Imkaan Standards

The Imkaan Safe Minimum Practice Standards (SMPS) were developed in 2016 by Imkaan. Based on a broad human rights context, the Standards focus on service delivery and practice, and the ethos underlying BME violence against women services.

Our work towards accreditation under these Standards is evidence of how our work promotes the safety of women and girls and manages immediate risk and safeguarding concerns.


Women’s Aid National Quality Standards

The Women's Aid National Quality Standards were developed by Women’s Aid – a UK-based charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. These Standards provide us with a set of criteria against which we can evidence our service quality.

We became Women’s Aid members in 2017 and gained accreditation for their standards in 2018. To become accredited, we demonstrated that we promote positive survivor outcomes including, physical and emotional recovery; rights and access; safety and dignity; and sustainability and autonomy.


Rape Crisis Standards

The Rape Crisis National Service Standards (RCNSS) ensure that no matter where a woman or girl survivor lives, she will receive a consistent and high-quality response.

Although we are not a Rape Crisis Centre, because of the work we do, we are aiming to get accreditation in the future.