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

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

Have you got what it takes to support our unique team of practitioners to provide a brilliant service for young women?

Your role will be to line manage a small number of Abianda Practitioners and to deliver one-to-one sessions and advocacy support to young women affected by gangs and county line activity. You will engage 15 young women per year. You will work with high risk, high vulnerability young women using Abianda’s unique model of practice. 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. You will ensure our team of Practitioners receive high quality line management support, providing the time and input required to deliver services safely, and to an exceptional standard.

Details of the role – Abianda Senior Practitioner

  • Full-time fixed term contract for 3 years
  • £33,000 per annum
  • Based in Canonbury N1, with travel across London 

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 15 young women per year 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;

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Hold monitoring and evaluation responsibilities, responding to reporting requirements across projects, so that partner and funder questions are answered;
  • Be a conduit for communication between the Practitioners and Senior Management Team
  • Monitor performance and case work practice and recording to ensure that staff are meeting Abianda’s quality assurance standards

Line Management & Support

  • Line manage a group of Practitioners who are working directly with young women and girls affected by gangs and county lines.
  • Report to the Service Manager across all aspects of your responsibilities.
  • Participate in monthly supervision with the Service 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 administer referrals into the organisation ensuring they are dealt with in a timely manner, ensuring that no young women slip through the net;
  • You will be responsible for liaising with referring agents to support referral and allocation decisions;
  • You will attend external monitoring and partner meetings alongside the Service Manager;
  • You will work in partnership with other Abianda Senior Practitioners, being a source of peer support and shared learning.

What are we looking for?

Person Specification

  • Experience of one-to-one and/or 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 managing front line practitioners and providing oversight and support on:
  • safeguarding and child protection issues in the unique context of gangs and county lines
  • advocating on behalf of young people and navigating statutory safeguarding and policing processes
  • Experience of delivering training and/or public speaking events
  • 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 to meet and support young women and the team
  • A strong values match with our principles
  • You will have a JNC professional youth work qualification or equivalent

How can you apply?

Key dates

  • Application deadline: midnight, Sunday 1st March
  • Interviews will take place on Friday 28th February and Monday 2nd March – 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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