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NWG 6th Annual Conference & Unsung Hero Awards

Tuesday 26th March - Wednesday 27th March 2019 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to confirm our Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Ella Cockbain, UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
  • Evan Jones, St Giles Trust
  • Alison Gardner, University of Nottingham

Keynote biographies can be viewed further down the event page.

Special Interest Groups

Click here to download the full Special Interest Groups Programme.

Last Updated: 13.30 8th March 2019

I have found the whole conference very informative and inspiring. The learning from other agencies and key speakers has been very valuable to me as a practitioner - Previous attendee

Unsung Hero Nominations

We are pleased to confirm our Nominees for the Unsung Hero Awards, click here to download the full list.

During the awards, we'll be recognising achievements in the following categories;

  • Inspiring Voices
  • Working Together Award
  • Helping Hand Award
  • Safer Environments Award

We spent a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of our network members through our awards ceremony last year and we look forward to celebrating all the nominations again this time.

My first conference – won’t be my last. This was a fantastic couple of days. Well run. Excellent premises. Fantastic leadership and energy from Sheila and the NWG team. Thank you so much - Previous attendee

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

We are delighted to share some exciting sponsorship and exhibition packages that we hope will be of interest to your organisation for our forthcoming conference. As always, to support the work being done around the country and enable more delegates to attend the conference, we are looking for sponsors and exhibitors to support the event. We are expecting 300+ delegates to attend, in previous years we have also had a number of international delegates.

If you would like to go ahead with any of the exhibition or sponsorship opportunities or discuss the packages further please do not hesitate to contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227778. We hope that your support will enable more delegates to join us and to continue the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation.

Further information about the packages can be found in the; Sponsorship & Exhibition Information Pack
If you wish to support the conference please complete the Sponsorship & Exhibition Application Form and return to ngk-oe.ouw@cjnsc.k. Please note, all supporters are subject to approval by the NWG before your selected package is confirmed.

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


Tuesday 26th March 2019

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

10:00Welcome, Sheila Taylor MBE
10:15Keynote Presentation, SPACE
11:00Refreshment Break
11:25Special Interest Group 1
13:25Keynote Presentation, Dr Ella Cockbain, UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
14:10Special Interest Group 2
15:10Special Interest Group 3
16:10Refreshment Break
16:35Special Interest Group 4
17:35Conference Close
19:45Drinks Reception & Conference Dinner

Wednesday 27th March 2019

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

09:30Special Interest Group 1
10:30Keynote Presentation, Dr Alison Gardner, University of Nottingham
11:15Refreshment Break
11:40Special Interest Group 2
13:40Keynote Presentation, Evan Jones, St Giles Trust
14:25Sheila Taylor MBE
14:40Special Interest Group 3
15:40Refreshments & Networking
16:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Ella Cockbain

Keynote Speaker
Dr Ella Cockbain is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL) and previous ‘Future Research Leaders’ fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her research focuses on serious and organised crime and its prevention, in particular human trafficking, child sexual exploitation and labour exploitation. She teaches and publishes widely on these topics, including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and several edited collections. Her recent book, Offender and Victim Networks in Human Trafficking (2018), is based on in-depth analysis of investigative case files and court records and original in-depth interviews across major complex CSE cases, including ones in Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford. Ella has collaborated with organisations across the public, private and third sectors, including the National Crime Agency, numerous police forces and leading charities Unseen UK and Barnardo’s. She has contributed at national and international level to policy, strategy, training and practical interventions to combat trafficking and exploitation (‘modern slavery’).

Dr Alison Gardner

Keynote Speaker
Dr Alison Gardner leads the Governance Programme at the University of Nottingham’s ‘Rights Lab’, a trans-disciplinary research platform focussed on helping to end slavery by 2030. She won the 2018 Marsh Prize for Community Activism in Combating Slavery, and was named amongst the UK’s Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers for 2018. Her work focusses on developing place and community-based responses to modern slavery, including campaigning work to develop slavery-free cities. She has career experience and expertise in local government and public policy, including 15 years working in senior policy and performance-related roles in local councils, the Civil Service, the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Agency.

Evan Jones

Keynote Speaker
Evan works for St Giles Trust, a charity that supports ex-offenders and other vulnerable groups. He has developed and works on a range of projects including SOS Gangs, Gamechangers Family Support and Through the Gate and community projects in Wales.

St Giles Trust was among the first agencies to identify and campaign on county lines, raising awareness and are now delivering county lines support services in London and elsewhere.

Evan has worked in homelessness and offender services since the late 80s both in the statutory and voluntary sectors. His roles have included resettlement, shared housing management, floating support, street outreach, housing allocation and now at St Giles Trust he develops new projects, manages existing ones and chases funding for both.

St Giles Trust are a medium sized charity working in prisons and the community in Wales and England, delivering a range of support services that focus on those deemed hardest to reach. St Giles train and employ former service users to deliver its services; providing credible and capable staff who clients want to engage with; this is the Peer Advisor model and runs through all our work.

Evan will be referencing the recent Evaluation and Scoping Reports produced for the Home Office that have linked school exclusion to involvement in county lines drug dealing- these can be downloaded at:


Keynote Speaker
Having experienced utter devastation from the impact of Child Criminal Exploitation (County Lines) over a prolonged period, and triggered and tested every professional intervention currently available, what has sadly been evident is that the general response is ill-equipped at best and damaging and /or life-threatening at worst.

This traumatic and challenging journey has led to a mission to safeguard young people entrenched in County Lines and better support their families by raising much-needed awareness of:

- Indicators to equip all those encountering County Lines young people - Police, professionals, practitioners and parents, schools, British Transport Police and private vehicle hire firms - to recognise the signs;
- Failures in the current systems in order to improve professional responses so young people are safeguarded sooner and risks minimised;
- Best-practice professional approaches when dealing with County Lines, including actions to ease the burden and suffering of parents and families;
- Effectiveness of the ‘lived experience’ of ex-County Lines gang workers and why they offer the best chance of successfully engaging young people out of CCE.
- The links between CCE, CSE and Radicalisation.


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.