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NWG Annual Enhanced Programme of Learning and Development

Wednesday 18th April - Thursday 19th April 2018 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

Following the resounding success of our previous conferences, we are already endeavoring to put together our 5th event.

The NWG Annual Enhanced Programme of Learning and Development is an opportunity for professional and personal development, exploring cutting edge techniques and new learning to prevent and safeguard children and young people at risk or engaged in child exploitation, to include sexual exploitation in human trafficking and modern slavery.

Benefits for your team and organisation

  • Opportunity to establish or reconnect with networks
  • Professional learning and upskilling your team
  • Explore latest learning of new and current landscape and practice
  • Learn about innovative responses to improve services
  • Networking opportunities allow professional curiosity and develop creative solutions
  • Wider workforce improvements
  • Improved responses to regulatory bodies.
  • Gain knowledge across counties, regions, national and internationally

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed our Keynote Speakers.

Stephen Barron - Operation Sanctuary, Newcastle

Operation Sanctuary is a multi agency operation led by Northumbria Police which commenced in January 2014. The operation deals with the sexual exploitation of Children and Adults. Since its inception the operation has developed many areas of best practice, in particular in the areas of victim engagement and support and perpetrator disruption.

Frank Noteboom - (CKM) Centrum Kinderhandel Mensenhandel

According to the latest estimation, the Netherlands identifies only 11% of the Dutch underage victims of sexual exploitation. This is the smallest percentage of all groups of victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands. Why do they remain undetected on such a large scale? Human traffickers who exploit minors are innovating rapidly, find new ways to avoid the authorities and use technology effectively. There is also a huge market for these girls, which grew enormously when we entered the digital age. ‘Clients’ are using the internet more and more frequently to find underage girls to have sex with, because they feel nobody is watching them online and they can stay anonymous. These insights demand an effective response in order to turn the tables on these traffickers and their ‘clients’.

Therefore the Centre against Child and Human Trafficking (CKM) together with Terre des Hommes (TdH) designed and started a big and innovative project, named WATCH, to stop traffickers, to scare off clients who look for minors and to protect underage victims. Frank Noteboom will explain how WATCH started, how it is structured and will tell about the promising results from the first 1.5 years. In short, WATCH opened a hotline (24/7), an Observation and Action Unit and WATCH campaigned nationally and regionally. Within the first six months WATCH looked into approx. 50 cases of sexual exploitation of minors, substantiated and enriched more than 30 cases and handed all these cases over to the police to investigate. Also lost victims were found and protected, ‘clients’ got warnings and new technological tools were developed to actively and effectively fight child sexual exploitation.

Within this project TdH and CKM work actively together with private detectives, online investigators, IT companies, care organizations, the police, the public prosecution and universities. WATCH shows that the public and the NGO’s can play a far bigger role in fighting sexual exploitation than they did before.

Jonathan Baggaley - PSHE Association – Chief Executive

Presentation description to follow in due course.

Dr Bettina Rulofs – German Sport University Cologne & Dr Mike Hartill - Sociology of Sport Lecturer, Edge Hill University

Sexual exploitation in sport: history, policy and research

The sexual abuse and exploitation of children within sport has recently received an unprecedented level of attention, in the UK and beyond. This attention has been preceded by research studies highlighting the threat of sexual abuse and exploitation to children and young people in sport (e.g. Lang & Hartill, 2015; Ohlert et al., 2017; Vertommen et al., 2016). Yet this issue was first raised, formally, over 30 years ago when the feminist academic Celia Brackenridge addressed the Annual Conference of the British Association of National Coaches in 1986 (Brackenridge & Lyons, 1986; Brackenridge, 2001). Following the introduction of national standards for sport in 2003, child protection policy in British sport has developed considerably; globally the picture remains very uneven.

The voices of those who have experienced sexual violence are especially important for understanding this problem and for initiating cultural change. VOICE is a research study, recently implemented in seven European countries, in which the accounts of those who have experienced sexual violence in sport are prioritised. Beyond academic outputs, the research has been used to create educational resources for the European sports community, aimed at enhancing its capacity to combat sexual violence and strengthen the integrity of sport.

In this presentation we first discuss the recognition of child sexual exploitation in sport and situate recent developments in their historical context. We then summarise some recent quantitative findings relating to prevalence and incidence of sexual abuse in sport. Finally, we discuss the VOICE project and present some key findings and outcomes.

Projects: Safe Sport | VOICE | Sport respects your rights

Special Interest Programme

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Last Updated: 10.35 Tuesday 30th January 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

Unsung Hero Awards

The Unsung Hero Awards is a wonderful evening spent celebrating the achievements of our network members through our Unsung Hero awards ceremony and we look forward to reading all the nominations.

The aim of these awards is to recognise and reward individuals or teams who have made significant, ongoing contribution to tackling child sexual exploitation, either through direct interactions with young people, their support of staff within teams or projects or their contributions to an innovative method of working.

This year we will be recognising the following categories:

  • Inspiring Voices Award
  • Working Together Award
  • Helping Hand Award
  • Safer Environments Award
  • on behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council; The National Policing Lead’s Award

Thank you to all those that have made a nomination. We will be announcing the shortlist in due course.

Special Acknowledgements

We have surprises in store for all those who have attended both days for all 5 years, so do let us know if you are one of those committed individuals!

Call for Submissions

We are no longer accepting submissions for this event. Thank you to all those that have made a submission. Submitters have been notified, please contact us if you require any further information.

Thank you to our Sponsor

Slater And Gordon (UK) LLP

Slater and Gordon is one of the UK’s largest law firms with offices across England, Scotland and Wales. Their mission is to provide people with easier access to world class legal services.

They are one of the country’s leading firms in personal injury and offer and unmatched breadth and depth of legal services for victims of injury and abuse. They have experts in personal injury who are classed as leaders in their field by independent legal guides, and have a specialist team who are experts in the field of abuse law.

Their reputation is built on the services offered by our highly experienced staff who specialise in all areas of law.

If you are interested in supporting this event, please download the sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities pack for further information.

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227778


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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.
The Special Interest Group Programme can be downloaded further up the page.

10:00Welcome, Sheila Taylor MBE
10:15Keynote Presentation, DSupt Steve Barron
11:00Refreshment Break
11:25Special Interest Group 1
13:25Keynote Presentation, Frank Noteboom
14:10Special Interest Group 2
15:10Special Interest Group 3
16:10Refreshment Break
16:35Special Interest Group 4
17:35Conference Close
19:30Conference Dinner

Thursday 19th April 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.
The Special Interest Group Programme can be downloaded further up the page.

Keynote Presentation, DSupt Steve Barron

09:30Special Interest Group 1
10:30Keynote Presentation, Jonathan Baggaley
11:15Refreshment Break
11:40Special Interest Group 2
13:40Keynote Presentation, Dr Bettina Rulofs & Dr Mike Hartill
14:25Closing Remarks, Sheila Taylor MBE
14:40Special Interest Group 3
15:40Refreshments & Networking
16:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Jonathan Baggaley

Keynote Speaker
Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education leading efforts to ensure that every pupil receives high-quality provision. As a passionate advocate for the subject he speaks nationally and internationally on the role of PSHE education in preparing children and young people for the challenges of the modern world.

Previously, he was Head of Education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre leading the Thinkuknow education programme. Working with partners across law enforcement, social work, psychology, education and government, Jonathan ensured it responded to ever changing technology and increasing understanding of online sexual exploitation and abuse. Jonathan played an active role in online safety policy in the UK for many years, most recently, as Chair of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s (UKCCIS) Education Group where he led the production of national guidance for schools on responding to sexting.

Detective Superintendent Steve Barron

Keynote Speaker
Stephen Barron a Detective Superintendent with 25 years service with Northumbria Police.

Stephen has held senior Detective positions within Homicide Investigation, Scientific Support, Serious and Organised Crime and the Protecting Vulnerable People Department. He’s an accredited Homicide Senior Investigating Officer and an accredited Tactical Firearms Commander. Additionally Stephen has been a Suicide Intervention and Hostage Negotiator and Coordinator for 15 years.

Since January 2014 Stephen has been the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Sanctuary. During this time he has held the strategic portfolio's of Sexual Exploitation (of Children and Adults), Sex Workers, Hostage Negotiation, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Missing People. Stephen is also a Senior Investigating Officer with a background of homicide investigation, major crime investigation, covert policing, undercover operations, hostage negotiation and suicide intervention.

Stephen was awarded a BSc in Physics from Imperial College in London and thereafter admitted as an associate to the Royal College of Science. Stephen was later awarded a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Mike Hartill

Keynote Speaker
Mike has been researching sexual exploitation and abuse in sport for over 15 years. He lectures in the Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University (Lancashire) where he established some of the first undergraduate modules on child protection in sport. Mike has undertaken life-history research with men and women who were subjected to sexual violence as children within sport settings as well as conducting some of the first research into child protection in sport policy and procedures. In particular, he works with the NWG Network, the Rugby Football League, Sport England, the Child Protection in Sport Unit and a range of universities and organisations across Europe. He is co-lead on the European project ‘Voices for truth and dignity’ (@Voicessport) which extends research with ‘survivors’ of abuse in sport across six countries. In 2016 Mike published some of his research in the book ‘Sexual Abuse in Youth Sport: A Sociocultural Analysis’ (Routledge). He is currently acting as an advisor to the FA’s independent review into allegations of child sexual abuse in football.

Frank Noteboom

Keynote Speaker
Frank Noteboom is the head of the Centre against Child- and Human Trafficking – an NGO from the Netherlands. Noteboom formerly was a senior researcher at the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. The Rapporteur is an independent organ within the government reporting on the nature and extent of human trafficking and on the effects of the government policies pursued. At the Dutch Rapporteur, Noteboom wrote several publications/articles and took part in (international) expert and steering committees.

In his current role, Noteboom leads the biggest project and research team on sexual exploitation in the Netherlands and advocates for a stronger and more effective approach. Cooperation and innovation are both key elements that define his work. These core values come together in his responsibility as a Programme Manager of eleven different projects run by three different NGOs. Noteboom: ‘This level of cooperation in the NGO business is quite unique. We have three very different organizations working together intensively to combat human trafficking. This is an important step because anti-trafficking has not been a top government priority in these last couple of years. Innovation really comes to the fore in a project called WATCH Netherlands, in which the Centre works together with Terre des Hommes’.

Dr Bettina Rulofs

Keynote Speaker
Dr Bettina Rulofs is senior lecturer at the German Sport University, Institute of Sociology & Gender Studies. Her main areas of research are gender studies, social inequality, child protection, prevention of violence and diversity-management in sport. Since 2010, she is member of the National Working Group on Child Protection in Sport and as a member of that group the German Sport Youth entrusted her with the compilation of a guideline for child protection in sport. She is currently coordinating the research project Safe Sport in Germany, which is funded by the German Ministry of Science & Education, and focuses on child protection and the prevention of sexual violence in organised sport. She is also leading the EU-funded project VOICE, which focuses on the reports of those who have been affected by sexual violence in sport. From 2013-2015, she was involved in the EU-funded project Sport respects your rights.


East Midlands Conference Centre & The Orchard Hotel

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