Abianda delivers training to a variety of audiences, ranging from awareness raising to knowledge increase and 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 2017 Abianda trained over 340 professionals nationally, including sixty Metropolitan Police officers from the pan-London Sexual Exploitation Team and Trident Gangs Command, Youth and Social Workers, PRU staff, and charity professionals.

Our audiences have expanded in 2018 to include Anti-Social Behaviour teams, foster carers, borough MASH teams, health professionals including safeguarding nurses, and teachers.

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 alongside Abi, and to act as peer mentors for young women using our services.

Click here to download our training brochure, and please contact hello@abianda.com with any questions.

You can also read some sample feedback from our one-day training on working with gang-affected young women, delivered to London police in May 2018.

Please read on to learn more about training and professional development we offer, including:

  • half-day, one-day or three-day courses on working with gang-affected young women
  • one-day, two-day or three-day courses drawing on Abianda’s unique model of service delivery, exploring participatory and strengths-based approaches to responding to vulnerable adolescents, and solution-focused brief therapy
  • one-day training on recognising CSE
  • 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.

    Training 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.
  • Working with gang-affected young women

    One-day training 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.

    Training content includes:

    • First hand testimony from young trainers with facilitated Q&A;
    • The policy and research context relevant to supporting gang-affected young women;
    • 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;
    • Understanding of Abianda’s practice model;
    • Interactive exercises to illustrate the need for a ‘culture shift’ in the way services engage with gang-affected young women & vulnerability;
    • 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.
  • Young Women and County Lines

    One-day training for up to 30 professionals

    Training content includes:

    • First hand testimony from young trainers with facilitated Q&A;
    • The policy and research context relevant to county line activity;
    • Understanding the various roles of young women play in county line activity and the subsequent risk and harm they experience;
    • Understanding how we proactively identify and engage with young women involved in county lines;
    • An introduction to the practical tools that Abianda uses to engage and safeguard young women in the unique and complex context of county line activity.
  • Working with gang-affected young women

    Three-day training for up to 10 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 (GAYW). Co-delivered by Abianda Young Trainers, senior Abianda specialists and our Solution Focused Therapist.

    In addition to our one-day working with gang-affected young women training content (see above), professionals will gain:

    • Understanding the need for a strengths and participatory response to GAYW and the associated vulnerabilities;
    • Understanding the need for a contextualised safeguarding approach in order to respond to the realities and risk that young women experiences as adolescents in various contexts;
    • Understand and practice the delivery of Abianda’s structured programme of work for GAYW;
    • Understand theory, techniques and tools (including solution focused therapy) from the Abianda model that can be used straight away in their day-to-day practice.
  • 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 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

  • 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.