Emma Ball

School of Justice Studies

Emma is studying for a PhD in Criminal Justice at LJMU and researching multi-agency working, safeguarding and child exploitation. Her focus is on the translation of policy and practice and exploring how research and evidence can best be implemented and sustained in practice, to bring about meaningful change.

Emma is a qualified social worker and has worked with families and young people in a variety of settings for over ten years including Social Care, Youth Offending Service and Connexions. Emma is passionate about partnership working and the benefits of early support for families. Emma is also a trustee at Home Start.


2018, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, MSc Psychology
2009, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, MA Social Work
2003, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, BA Linguistics & Phonetics
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD

Journal article

McManus MA, Ball E. 2020. COVID-19 should be considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5 :164-167 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Internet publication

McManus M, Ball E. 2020. Lockdown again: the 'invisible' children in need of protection from abuse Publisher Url