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Abianda Newsletter - March 2023

Hi Abianda supporters, happy spring! We've had a busy few months working to keep young women and girls safe from criminal exploitation and violence.

Scroll down to read about our training and consultation offers, team vacancies and more...


April Open Training Session

We are running an open training session at 9.30 on Monday 3 April. Our 3-hour Introductory module Working with Young Women and Girls Affected by 'Gangs' and County Lines will enhance participants' understanding of how young women and girls are affected by criminal exploitation, what stops them from getting help, and how to respond.

The interactive session will be delivered over Zoom by an experienced Abianda team member. Tickets are £75 per person and ​can be booked here. All UK-based professionals are welcome - in the past, we have trained nurses, teachers, police officers, youth workers and more. We look forward to seeing you there!


Abianda Team Vacancies

If you'd like to join a passionate team working daily to reduce the harm experienced by young women and girls, we'd love to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for 2 roles:

  • Interim Service Manager - Rescue and Response (3-month minimum freelance contract)

  • Young Women's Practitioner - Rescue and Response


Contextual Safeguarding Offer

Abianda’s Contextual Safeguarding Lead Fiona offers a suite of case consultations alongside internal and external training, utilising solution-focused and contextual safeguarding approaches. This unique offer informs systems change work with lead professionals supporting young women and girls experiencing significant, complex and contextual risk. If you know of a physical place or space where you are concerned that girls and young women are experiencing harm, Fiona can visit and discuss our strengths-based, contextual safeguarding approaches and how they can be applied. If you would like to access a free Location Consultation, please complete this Location Consultation referral form.


Abianda Out and About

We're proud of our Founder and CEO Abi Billinghurst who headed to Goldsmiths University of London to lecture Youth and Community students on 14 March. This is Abi's 10th-year guest lecturing at the same university she received her Youth Work MA from back in 2007! She had such stimulating and rich conversations with those in attendance and was so impressed by their thought and expertise. The Abianda team visited Southwark College to participate in their Personal Safety Information Day on 16 March. Our Contextual Safeguarding Lead Fiona spoke to two groups of students of all genders alongside a panel of other professionals on the topic of personal safety. Our Schools and Borough Lead Amanda led two workshops with young women and girls about relationships and values.

If you don't already, follow Abianda on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about our work. You can also keep up-to-date by checking out our blog. Recently, we've posted about:


London County Lines Training

Our Gender Consultant Lucia is running a free training session for London-based professionals on supporting young women and girls affected by county lines exploitation on 30 March. Lucia works on the MOPAC-funded Rescue and Response project and will be drawing on her experience and data from this project to discuss the unique experiences of young women and girls in the context of county lines exploitation in London. "Very clear and a good insight to the issues" - February 2023 training attendee The training is at 10am on Thursday 30 March. Please note that due to restrictions, you may only sign up if you are a London-based professional.


Support Us

We want to change the way services are delivered to young women and girls affected by criminal exploitation and violence, so we can more effectively respond to their needs. If you want to help us keep young people safe from harm, please consider making a donation.


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