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All these modules include:
  • Introduction to the exercise and its purpose

  • Pre-recorded demonstration of the exercise by Abianda practitioners, with follow-up Q&A

  • Delegates practising the exercise in small groups, with follow-up reflections and Q&A

  • Abianda service users' perspective on the relevance of these issues, and what works about this Abianda exercise and approach

  • Concluding Q&A

Please note - all attendees must have completed our core module - Working with Young Women and Girls Affected by Gangs and County Lines - before taking part in one of these sessions.


Anger is often something young women wish to address in their Best Hopes for their work with Abianda. Our Anger Volcano exercise helps young women to understand the valid reasons for their anger, and increases their emotional vocabulary and intelligence. In this module, we demonstrate the exercise itself. We also explore key follow-up conversations around coping strategies and encouraging the young women’s critical consciousness.

Relationship Mapping

This exercise develops young women’s critical consciousness around their own relationships, and gives them space to think about how they would like their relationships to be. We share Abianda’s approach to safety, information sharing, and grounding when conducting what could be very challenging conversations around relationships.

Contextual Safety Planning 

We conduct this contextual safety planning with young women to minimise risk and build on the strategies they are already using to keep safe. The exercise helps young women feel more skilled, confident and independent, and may support her move towards her Best Hopes.

Information Sharing

Our approach to information sharing is rooted in our youth work and participation principles. We have a trauma-informed approach to information sharing, and respect young women’s empirical knowledge of their own lives. We recognise that young women are best placed to identify issues and solutions, and we tip the balance of power in favour of young women. This module explains what this means in practice, in relation to referral forms and evaluation reports, professionals meetings, and how we talk about confidentiality and safeguarding with young women who use our services.​

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