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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 2 of 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.

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

Do you know someone deserving of one of these awards? Click here to download the nomination form. Please send nominations to ntokngewr.rewr@wntokog by Monday 8th January 2018

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 will be notified in December 2017.

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


This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organisations:


Speakers and Facilitators


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.

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’.


East Midlands Conference Centre & The Orchard Hotel

University Park, Beeston Ln, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ •  Website

We are pleased to confirm that we are returning to the East Midlands Conference Centre with accommodation at the on-site 4* De Vere Orchard Hotel.

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