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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

Call for Submissions

Submissions of work taking place in the UK to feature in our round of special interest groups are now invited. If you would like to be considered for one of our 50-minute Special Interest Groups please click here to download the submission form.

Please send completed submission forms to ntokngewr.rewr@wntokog by Monday 16th October 2017. Submitters will be notified in December 2017.

Over 50 speakers took part in our previous networking event, and the evaluation showed you all enjoyed not just the learning, but also the chance to network and catch up with others working in the same complex field of abuse, sharing experiences successes and frustrations.

Unsung Hero Awards

We spent a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of our network members through our awards ceremony back in March and we look forward to reading all the nominations again this time. Applications will be available for you to consider who you might nominate in October 2017 for submission by the end of January 2018.

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!!

In the meantime, keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you at the event again and keeping in touch with you over the coming year.

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

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.


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.

Additional Information

Click here to download further information.

DOCSpecial Interest Group Submission Form