Sofia Bio

I was born in Lancashire and both raised and educated in Bradford.

My speciality is in Applied Criminal Justice Studies (BA Hons) and I have over 15 years’ experience working across the public, private, faith, voluntary, education and health sectors.My work has been a catalyst in raising awareness, campaigning and developing innovative approaches and strategies around the themes of social cohesion, integration, safeguarding, young people, women and the Prevent Strategy, all locally and nationally.

Sofia-bioMy earlier experience was as a Youth Development Practitioner for Bradford Youth Development Partnership.

I have also held the role of Secretary for the Shanaz Network, a national Prevent engagement initiative aimed specifically at women as well as designing engagement programmes for a broad range of audiences.

As  an experienced professional in this sector, I specialise in Prevent, community engagement, safer communities, citizenship and identity, child sexual exploitation, engagement with young men/women, communities, families, practitioners.

I have successfully delivered tailor made training courses for Prevent Engagement Officers for various Police Forces on how to engage with women and Muslim communities, Anti-racism strategy’s and helped with their policy development.

My recent experience is working closely with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), where I developed resource tools for practitioners around preventing violent extremism, community engagement and tackling radicalisation.

Now, I am actively engaged in a number of media interviews across the UK to highlight key messages on women engagement in tackling Prevent through grass root level engagement. Interviews have included the Security Minister, MP’s, Senior Police Officers, representatives from BBC departments, Radio 5, BBC Asian Network as well as Directors from a range of services.

I have been often invited as a key speaker at local and national events empowering both men and women to challenge and eradicate key issues from communities e.g. CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and all forms of extremism as well as racism.