Our unique model of practice addresses the barriers that stop young women from seeking help. By asking young women the right questions and offering an equal, transparent relationship we help them to discover their own resilience and competence, and to develop the power to change their situation.
What do Abianda services look like?
Our flagship service is The Star Project, which is a wraparound one-to-one and advocacy service.
Structured programme of topics
Young women follow a structured programme of topics which are designed to help them grow their critical thinking.
By asking young women the right questions and offering an equal, trusting, and transparent relationship we help them to discover their own resilience and competence, and to develop the power to make the changes they want in their lives.
We have successfully worked with young women who have unique safeguarding and risk issues due to their gang-association, and who have complex needs and a history of non-engagement.
Topics covered include:
healthy and unhealthy relationships
sexual violence, exploitation and other VAWG issues in the context of gangs
anger, power and harm
risk for gang-affected young women
We use our unique model of working with young women to create safe spaces and support them to achieve the changes they want in their lives and to develop skills and strategies to navigate risk. By keeping our work solution- and future-focused, we keep our spaces safe for young women. They know we will not ask them to share information about their past or about their associates, because this could create significant risks for them, and could retraumatise them.
As well as the structured programme of work, we provide wraparound advocacy for young women.
Our advocacy is rights based and designed to support young women influence decisions affecting their lives. Examples of our advocacy include: young women’s voices being represented in child protection processes; ensuring that young women receive the statutory assessments to which they are entitled; recognising young women as victims of trafficking through the National Referral Mechanism; and supporting our professional partners to recognise young women’s complex needs and vulnerabilities.
As a result of our advocacy, young women independently navigate services, are an equal partner in the professional network around them, and are more likely to engage in efforts to safeguard them.