Training Audiences

Abianda delivers training ranging from half-day awareness raising, to two- and three-day professional development.

Professionals we train may encounter gang-affected young women in their day-to-day lives, may be likely to work regularly with gang-affected young women, or be highly experienced in working with vulnerable adolescents.

Over 2018 Abianda trained over 430 professionals nationally.

  • Training was commissioned by Islington Safer Neighbourhood Board, Tri-Borough Mash Police (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster), Oxleas NHS Trust, Greenwich Community Safety.
  • Training for individuals received bookings from Wandsworth Council, Brighton and Hove Community Safety, Hackney’s Children and Families Service, Surrey Children’s Services, Merton Youth Justice Team, Sutton’s Integrated Youth Services, NE Lincolnshire Council’s Child Criminal Exploitation team.
  • We also trained professionals from third sector organisations including Missing People, Redthread, Advance, Leap Confronting Conflict, and The Howard League for Penal Reform.
  • Professionals joining our training include police such as Metropolitan police offices from the pan-London Sexual Exploitation Team and Trident Gangs Command, youth and social workers, anti-social behaviour teams, foster carers, housing professionals, DWP workers, borough MASH teams, health professionals including safeguarding nurses, teachers including PRU staff, and professionals from the not-for-profit sector. 

Young Trainers

  • 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.
  • Abianda Young Trainers have used our services, and been trained to co-facilitate training and to act as peer mentors for young women using our services.

Sample feedback

  • Please follow this link to read some sample feedback from our one-day training on working with gang-affected young women, delivered to London police in May 2018.
  • Please follow this link to read some sample feedback from our three-day training to professionals from a variety of organisations, delivered in January 2019.

Commissioning In-House Training

  • Click here to download our training brochure
  • Please contact with any questions.
  • For individuals, please see details below.
  • Individual sign-up training options

    Girls, Gangs and County Lines: working effectively with young women experiencing criminal exploitation (one-day course)

    Working effectively with gang-affected young women (three-day practitioner training)

    These courses will all take place at Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD. The days will run from 10.00 to 16.30.

    The booking form is available here, or you can book through our Eventbrite page if you’d like to pay by card.

  • Young Trainer Seminars: working with gang-affected young women

    A three-hour seminar with Abianda Young Trainers for up to 30 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. Click here for more information and selected Young Trainer Seminar feedback.

  • Girls, Gangs and County Lines

    One-day training on working effectively with young women experiencing criminal exploitation

    Our one-day training is designed to familiarise attendees with Abianda’s approach and model of working with young women and includes firsthand
    testimony from the Young Trainers. The day also includes:

    • The policy and research context relevant to supporting young women affected by gangs and county line activity
    • Understanding the various roles of young women in gangs, the associated risks and the barriers they face in accessing services
    • Understanding the complexities of young women’s ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrating’ behaviour
    • Interactive exercises to illustrate the need for a ‘culture shift’ in the way services engage with young women affected by gangs and county line activity
    • Introduction to practical tools to ensure a relationship based, and young-women led, approach to enhance engagement and young
      women’s trust in our services.

    Please follow this link to read sample feedback on our one-day training.

  • Working with gang-affected young women

    Three-day training for up to 20 professionals

    An intensive and practical three-day training programme that improves the skills of practitioners so they are more able and confident to support gang-affected young women. Co-delivered by Abianda Young Trainers, senior Abianda specialists and our Solution Focused Therapist. Click here to read more and see selected feedback from our 2017 three-day training courses.

  • Participatory and strengths-based approaches to responding to adolescents at risk

    One-day training for up to 30 professionals

    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.

  • Participatory and strengths-based approaches to responding to adolescents at risk

    Three-day training for up to 30 professionals

    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.

  • Solution-focused brief therapy

    Two-day training for up to 20 professionals

    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
  • One-day CSE awareness training

    One-day training for up to 30 professionals

    This day combines trainer-led presentations, participatory exercises, group discussions and case studies. As well as understanding the research and policy context, definitions and different models of CSE, attendees will be able to identify risk factors for young people and indicators that would tell them that a child or young person was being sexual exploited. Attendees will apply knowledge of identifying and responding to sexually exploited children and young people, using case study and practice outcomes. Click here to read more and see selected feedback from our 2017 training courses.

  • 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.