We offer a variety of training products at different scales and different levels of commitment.

Choose either of our 3-day training courses and we will include a Young Trainer Seminar for free. All of our training is co-delivered by Abianda Young Trainers to ensure that young women are influencing the design and delivery of future practice and services.

  • Consultation

    Consultation phone call with Abianda Director for leaders and decision makers

    A free, no obligation phone conversation to understand the issues faced by your organisation, service or local authority. Use our Director as a sounding board to get clarity, map out challenges, and reflect on the way forward for your strategy, workforce and young women.

  • Focus group

    Focus group for decision makers with Abianda Director and Young Trainers

    A dedicated 3-hour session where decision makers can consult with our Director and our Young Trainers. Benefit from the experience of our service delivery with gang-affected young women and also the expertise young women can offer as a result of their experience – a realistic insight into what works and what doesn’t work for young women who are affected by gangs. Ensure that young women’s voices are truly informing your decision making and service delivery.

  • Young Trainer Seminars

    Young Trainer Seminars: working with gang-affected young women

    A three-hour seminar with Abianda Young Trainers for up to 20 professionals. Our Young Trainers are young women who have been affected by gangs in some way, or who have an interest in this issue. They work with professionals to identify and support other gang-affected young women more effectively.

    Seminar content includes:

    • An introduction to Abianda’s approach and model of working with young women;
    • First hand testimony from young trainers with facilitated Q&A;
    • Interactive exercises to illustrate the need for a culture shift in the way services engage gang-affected young women;
    • Exploring the role of young women in gangs, the associated risk and the barriers they face in accessing services;
    • The complexities of young women’s victim and perpetrating behaviour.
  • 1-day awareness training

    1-day awareness training on child sexual exploitation (CSE)

    This is a full day training programme – a combination of trainer-led presentations, participatory exercises, group discussions and case studies.

    At the end of the training participants will be able to:

    • Understand the research and policy context of CSE
    • Understand definitions of CSE
    • Understand different models/profiles of CSE
    • Identify the risk factors for children and young people at risk of CSE
    • Identify the indicators that would tell them that a child or young person was being sexually exploited
    • Understand the steps they should take in responding to CSE

    Apply knowledge of identifying and responding to sexually exploited children and young people, using case study and practice

  • 1-day training on participatory approaches

    1-day training on participatory approaches to working with young people affected by sexual violence

    This introduces professionals to the principles of participatory practice and how these are beneficial in working with young people affected by sexual violence and how they are essential in addressing children’s rights in service delivery. We address the challenges and ethical implications in applying a participatory and rights based approach within a safeguarding and high-risk context. This training can be extended to offer a more in-depth understanding, as well as offer tools and techniques for practice to support young people to participate in efforts to prevent sexual violence.

  • Two-day training in solution-focused brief therapy

    Two-day training in solution-focused brief therapy

    A comprehensive and experiential introduction to the tools and techniques of solution-focused brief therapy (sfbt). Participants will:

    • Understand the principles of solution-focused brief therapy
    • Understand and practice sfbt techniques with the support of Abianda’s sfbt therapist
    • Apply the tools and techniques within the context of their own practice setting
    • Receive worksheets, tool and techniques to use in their practice
  • 3-day training on a participatory and strengths based approach to responding to CSE

    3-day training on a participatory and strengths based approach to responding to CSE

    An intensive programme that explores the concepts of participatory and strengths based (psb) approaches. We support professionals to address the challenges they might face in applying a psb approach in different professional cultures and statutory and safeguarding contexts. We provide techniques and tools to support professionals to apply a psb approach in their practice with high risk, high vulnerability young people.

  • 3-day training on working effectively with gang-affected young women

    3-day training on working effectively with gang-affected young women

    This is an intensive and experiential three-day training programme that improves the skills of practitioners so they feel more able and confident to support young women who are affected by gangs. Professionals will address:


    • How to respond to gang-affected young women as both ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’
    • How to bring about a culture shift in the way services are delivered to young women who have a history of non-engagement
    • The barriers and safety issues that prevent young women engaging in our services
    • Normalised peer on peer violence, DV, sexual violence and exploitation in the context of groups and gangs
    • How we work with young women whose behaviour can be ‘aggressive’, ‘risky’, and difficult to engage with

    Professionals will learn theory, techniques and tools from the Abianda model that can be used straight away in their day-to-day practice.

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