Can you reach and engage young women who are involved in gangs and county line activity?

Can you respectfully work shoulder to shoulder with young women who have complex needs and experience of trauma and violence against women and girls?

Can you facilitate quality training programmes and disseminate best practice to a wide range of professionals?

Your role will be to support our work across all of our services with young women and to deliver our training programmes to professionals. You will hold a small caseload of young women and girls referred through our spot purchase contracts across London. You will co-facilitate weekly group work sessions on our highly respected Young Trainer Programme and support on ad-hoc participation and campaign projects. You will work alongside Abianda Young Trainers to deliver training to professionals on an ad-hoc basis, disseminating practice, knowledge and experience to a national audience. Across your responsibilities you will adopt Abianda’s unique model of practice.

Details of the role – Abianda Freelance Practitioner & Trainer

  • Contract duration: approximately two years
  • Fee: £20 – £25 per hour
  • Home or office based, with ad-hoc travel across London and UK
  • Approximately 8 days a month

Responsibilities of the role

Work with young women

  • Deliver one-to-one sessions and advocacy support to young women up to the age of 25 affected by gangs and county line activity;
  • Engage across London using Abianda’s unique model of practice;
  • Support young women to achieve their best hopes and project outcomes, including but not exclusive to, young women being better connected to services and a professional network;
  • Deliver training and public speaking events to professionals on an ad-hoc basis, working alongside Abianda Young Trainers, disseminating practice knowledge and experience to a national audience. 
  • You will have a proactive nature, and demonstrate a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’. 
  • Manage and respond to risk, disclosure, safeguarding and child protection issues in the unique context of gangs, while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and professional network around young women.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Respond to reporting requirements across projects, so that partner and funder questions are answered.

Line Management & Support

  • Report to Abianda Senior Practitioners and Commercial & Development Lead across all aspects of your responsibilities.
  • Participate in monthly supervision with your line manager
  • Participate in whole team practice & case file sessions
  • Engage in monthly clinical supervision to support wellbeing and a reflective practice

Working in partnership

  • Your professionalism will reflect the reputation and integrity of the organisation, and your conduct in all responsibilities will uphold Abianda’s policies and procedures.
  • You will promote Abianda’s services, support the engagement of young women and girls in our services, and maintain relationships with partners and commissioners;
  • You will work in partnership with other Abianda team members, being a source of peer support and shared learning.

What are we looking for?

Person Specification

  • Experience of one-to-one and group work with young women and girls with complex needs and a history of non-engagement – perhaps you have worked with young women who have experienced violence against women and girls, mental ill-health, trauma and/or who perpetrate violence and crime
  • Experience of safeguarding and child protection issues in the unique context of gangs and county lines
  • Experience of advocating on behalf of young people and navigating statutory safeguarding and policing processes
  • Experience of delivering training and/or public speaking events (preferably alongside service users)
  • A commitment to our equalities framework and an understanding of the intersectional nature of social identity and how this impacts staff and service users.
  • A proactive nature, a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’, and a curiosity to understand the lives and experiences of young women
  • A willingness to take on Abianda’s unique model of practice to support the engagement of young women
  • Excellent communication skills and organisation skills, so that you can maintain accurate case files and monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Open to travelling to different locations across London and UK
  • A strong values match with our principles
  • You will have a JNC professional youth work qualification or equivalent

How can you apply?

Return your completed application form and signed privacy statement to by Sunday 16th February 2020.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: midnight Sunday 16th February 2020
  • Interviews will take place on Friday 28th February – we may recall candidates for a second interview if necessary
  • We would like candidates to start work as soon as possible

Please note 

Abianda is a women’s only employer, and as such this position is exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other protected characteristics. 

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

We welcome applications from people from all walks of life, including those who may have had exposure to similar experiences that young women across London are facing.

Applications that are submitted without a signed privacy statement will not be considered. 

We will not consider CVs. Please do not submit these with, or in place of, an application form.

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