Emma Kwaya-James

Emma Kwaya-James

Emma Kwaya – James MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice; BSc(Hons) Health and Community Studies, DipHE Youth and Community Work

I am privileged to have been asked to be a Trustee for the Jacob Abraham Foundation. I am able to bring 20 years of safeguarding experience to my role. Since qualifying as a Youth & Community Worker in 1997 I have worked in various statutory and voluntary social care settings primarily within the specialist fields of criminal justice, substance misuse, sexual exploitation and child trafficking. Over the last 20 years I have developed an in-depth understanding of issues affecting children, young people and their families. This knowledge and experience is firmly underpinned by my diverse life experiences and continuous professional development achieved through her ongoing academic studies.
I have been responsible for the development and implementation of the Governments Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda for Safer Wales specifically within the female secure estate. Acting as the strategic lead for Barnardo’s Cymru Seraf Service – a pan Wales service for children and young people at risk of or abused through sexual exploitation, I was instrumental in bringing about Wales’s first Police Operation into Child Sexual Exploitation. I am the author of Wales Operational Handbook on Child Trafficking and have acted as an independent advisor to Welsh Governments Safeguarding Team in respect of Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Trafficking. I currently work as a guest lecturer at Cardiff Met on the Youth and Community Course and sit on their Fitness to Practice panel as an external representative.