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About Abianda

Abianda was set up in 2014 to change the way services are delivered to young women and girls who are affected by gangs. We have developed a unique model that is being used across England and in Europe. In 2016 Nesta and the Observer awarded us the New Radicals award. In 2018 Islington’s Integrated Gangs Team, within which Abianda is a key partner, was awarded the Children and Young People Now award for partnership work.

Our vision is to create an innovative, independent and commercial organisation to improve young women’s lives. The Abianda team is committed and loyal to each other and to our shared values of social justice, equality and working shoulder to shoulder with young women and girls.

Introducing “The Star Project” and “Rescue and Response”

The Star Project is our flagship service. We provide a structured programme and advocacy to young women so they can: increase their knowledge and skills to navigate risk and keep safe; make the changes they want in their lives; and flourish despite the system-wide barriers and inequalities they face.

Rescue and Response is a MOPAC funded project designed to support young Londoners affected by county line exploitation. Nearly a third of ‘County Lines’ originate in London, making London a major exporter of this high harm model of drug distribution. County Lines drives gang related violent crime, criminal exploitation of children and exploitation of vulnerable adults in London and beyond.

To find out more about Rescue and Response, please follow this link.

Your role as a Young Women’s Associate on Rescue and Response

Your role will be to deliver one-to-one sessions and advocacy support to young women up to the age of 25 affected by gangs and county line activity – you will engage 24 young women per year. You will work with high risk, high vulnerability young women using Abianda’s unique model of practice. The role requires significant travel across London, and you may, on occasion, need to travel to counties outside of London in order to support young women. 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 need to be skilled at engaging young women with complex needs and with a history of non-engagement. You have a proactive nature, and demonstrate a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’. You will be expected to promote Abianda’s services, and support the engagement of young women and girls in the project.

You will 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. An organised team-player accustomed to juggling multiple priorities, you will need to maintain monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements of the project, so that partner and funder questions are answered. You will need to prepare accurate project case files on time. Your professionalism will reflect the reputation and integrity of the organisation, and your conduct in all responsibilities will uphold Abianda’s policies and procedures.

For more information and to apply

Please read the job description, which contains links the application form.

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 are particularly interested in applicants from BAME groups for this role to support the growth of a diverse and inclusive team at Abianda.
  • 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.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 23:59, Sunday 28 July
  • Interviews will take place on 6, 7 or 8 August – we may recall candidates for a second interview if necessary
  • We would like candidates to start work mid/late August

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