Abianda delivers a range of training courses, from half-day to 3-day programmes.

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

Abianda trains over 500 professionals nationally per year, and engages with a further 800 professionals through conferences and other speaking opportunities.

Training attendees include social workers, healthcare professionals including safeguarding nurses, youth justice teams, CCE / CSE specialists, DWP workers, teachers including PRU staff, housing professionals, foster carers.

We have trained Metropolitan police from Tri-Borough MASH (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster), from the pan-London Sexual Exploitation Team, and from Trident Gangs Command.

We also train professionals from third sector organisations including Missing People, Redthread, Advance, Leap Confronting Conflict, and The Howard League for Penal Reform.

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 a local authority outside of London in April 2019.

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)

    • Tuesday 18 February 2020, 10.00 – 16.30
    • Wednesday 18 March 2020, 10.00 – 16.30
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    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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions

  • 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.

    Please contact with any questions