Lindsay Brewis Vice Chair of SNAP Cymru NEC & Amanda Daniels Joint Interim CEO accept the SQM Award
Following a successful application and audit process against the requirements of the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) Standard, SNAP Cymru has once again achieved the SQM accreditation. The accreditation highlights the organisations commitment to client care and best practice.
SNAP Cymru are a very well-run organisation with people who are deeply committed to continuing to provide a quality service to the communities that they serve. Their procedures were found to be very well-established and to operate smoothly.
We were really pleased that Dafydd Thorne our auditor highlighted that:
“People across the whole organisation benefit from a highly inclusive culture, within which team members are committed to supporting one another and sharing ideas and good practice”.
As a standard that is only awarded to organisations who meet the highest levels of management and customer care, SQM accredited organisations undergo rigorous independent assessments every three years. This ensures that they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.
The Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) is a standard owned by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and was developed to help ensure that members of the public in need of specialist advice receive a quality service. The SQM is independently audited by an Recognising Excellence on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency.
SQM requires organisations and Law firms to show that they comply with industry standards for business management and financial control as well as having in place good systems to manage the work with clients. The standard covers supervision and client care, access, running the organisation, plans and organisational issues, including and file reviews, meeting clients’ needs, and a commitment to quality, complaints and feedback.
We had to pass rigorous desktop audits and these were followed up by on site audits and interviews, including examination of our case files, policies and procedures. We provided a comprehensive demonstration that all of our systems are to the required standard and in many areas significantly above what is required. Holding the SQM demonstrates our commitment to the provision of quality services. To achieve the standard we continually improve our systems, our staff and volunteers take quality seriously and work extremely hard to maintain these standards. All of this ensures increased client and funder confidence.