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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 2 of our Keynote Speaker

  • Evan Jones, St Giles Trust

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: 14:30 18th January 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

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for one of these awards, please make your nomination using the Unsung Hero Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

We're now accepting nominations for 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 back in April and we look forward to reading 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, TBC
14:10Special Interest Group 2
15:10Special Interest Group 3
16:10Refreshment Break
16:35Special Interest Group 4
17:35Conference Close
19:30Reception & 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, TBC
11:15Refreshment Break
11:40Special Interest Group 2
13:40Keynote Presentation, TBC
14:25Closing Remarks, Sheila Taylor MBE
14:40Special Interest Group 3
15:40Refreshments & Networking
16:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


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.