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Head of Services

We support hybrid working. Our office is in Highbury, London N5
£40,800 PA, plus pension and 28 days annual leave
Closing date
27 May 2022

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Abianda is an award-winning social enterprise that works with young women and girls affected by gangs and county lines, and delivers training to the professionals who work with them.

We are a small not for profit organisation with 17-20 members of staff, offering one-to-one, group work and employment opportunities to gang-affected young women. We also offer training and support to professionals so they can work more confidently and effectively with young women. Our unique model of practice aims to address the barriers that stop young women from seeking help.

We’re looking for a Head of Services with excellent safeguarding experience to lead all our services delivered to young women and girls.

This is an integral role in the organisation on the senior management team line-managing a small number of senior practitioners. You will have the autonomy to influence cross-organisational policy, quality assurance and systems change to ensure we are delivering services of the highest standard. 

You will have;

  • strong knowledge of contextual safeguarding theory and practice
  • excellent organisational and project management skills
  • a professional background in youth work or VAWG services
  • experience in managing a small team
  • commitment to our equalities work
  • a commitment to participatory practice.

This is a full-time role for 24 months. You will be expected to work from the Abianda office on certain days, but some working from home and flexible working provisions can be arranged. 

For more details please download the role description below.

To apply please download and complete our application form (no CVs please) below. If you prefer you could send us an audio recording or video (max. 10 mins) instead of an application form. Please also download and complete our equal opportunities form (although this is optional).

Deadline for completed applications is 11.59pm Sunday 15th May. 

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th May.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Abianda is a London-based social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs and county lines, and the professionals who support them.

Our mission is to bring about a culture shift in the way services are delivered to young women affected by gangs and county lines, so that:

  • they feel safe to access help
  • they are no longer a hidden group in our communities
  • they are free from harm and abuse

We do this by

  • delivering frontline services to gang-affected young women aged 10-25
  • delivering training and professional development programmes to professionals who work with them

Our unique model of practice addresses the barriers that stop young women 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. Our former service users cofacilitate all our training, and so shape the way professionals understand young women affected by gangs and county lines, and work with them.

Find Us
020 7686 0520
Unit 104 Screenworks
11 Highbury Grove
N5 2EF
United Kingdom
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