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NWG 7th Annual Enhanced Programme of Learning and Development

Tuesday 27th - Wednesday 28th April 2021 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19, this event has been postponed until 27-28 April 2021.

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, young people and young adults at risk or engaged in exploitation, including sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery.

Our 2020 event will cover the following themes:

Families & Communities
Families and communities are a vital piece of the jigsaw of effective safeguarding. Historically families felt excluded from processes intended to protect their children and, in some cases, blamed in part for their exploitation. These workshops provide an opportunity to consider better approaches to working in partnership with families and communities, empowering them to safeguard their children. 

Prevention & Disruption
Approaches to tackling child exploitation have seen an increased awareness of the value of preventative and disruptive tactics aimed at addressing issues before a child becomes a victim of abuse. Nationally recognised as a critical part of the response to child exploitation by The Home Office, prevention and disruption tactics draw on a range of multi-agency interventions. These workshops provide the opportunity to discuss issues, share best practice & develop new approaches.

Sport England
Sport & Activities Supported by Sport England
Sport & leisure activities provide a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children & young people. These activities should be accessible, safe from the risk of abuse and exploitation. The high-profile abuse cases involving football clubs and the increased referrals to Operation Hydrant in 2017 demonstrated the need for increased safeguarding awareness in sport, particularly at grassroots level. These workshops will showcase how safeguarding partners and national governing bodies can support those offering access to sport and leisure for thousands of children and young people.

Education & Adolescence
Children and young people affected by exploitation report a ‘cliff-edge’ of support when they reach adulthood, despite ongoing support needs as a result of their adverse childhood experiences. A ‘hidden transition’ also takes place as children turn 16, with legislation and attitudes often contributing to less support being offered to older children. These workshops draw on emerging practice in response to a national challenge for professionals.

Keynote Speakers

We're pleased to confirm three of our Keynote Speakers;

Sophie Hallett | Download Presentation Biography & Overview
Gavin McKenna | Download Presentation Biography & Overview
Melissa Stroebel | Download Presentation Biography & Overview

Unsung Hero Awards

We will be recognising those deserving of an award in the categories below via a virtual awards ceremony, further details will be added in due course.

  • Creating Safe Spaces for Sport Activities - Innovative projects that promote Safeguarding in Sport and activities that has had a positive impact on creating safer spaces for young people to take part in.
  • Prevention and Disruption - Recognising positive impact on prevention and disruption where the work focuses on the earliest opportunity to intervene.
  • Families and Communities - An ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of engaging parents as partners to improve outcomes for families
  • Adolescence to Adulthood - Recognition for building and strengthening of cross disciplinary agencies to ensure the smooth transition of vulnerable young people as they travel through adolescent to adult services.
  • Campaign Award - Open for nominations for an agency or community that has developed and delivered a local campaign that promotes awareness of child exploitation.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

We are very pleased to offer an exciting range of Sponsorship & Exhibition packages available for the NWG 7th Annual Enhanced Programme of Learning and Development!

The full details of all the available packages can be found in the Supporter Information Pack. If this is of interest to you or discuss further please contact us on 01332 227778 or complete and return the Supporter Application Form to ngk-oe.ouw@cjnsc.k and we will confirm your booking.

In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19, this event has been postponed until 27-28 April 2021.

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via email on ngk-oe.ouw@cjnsc.k


Wednesday 6th May 2020

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

09:15Registration, exhibition and networking
10:15Keynote Presentation
11:00Refreshment Break, exhibition and networking
11:30Special Interest Groups
13:00Lunch, exhibition and networking
14:00Keynote Presentation
14:45Refreshment Break, exhibition and networking
15:15Special Interest Groups
16:45Conference Close
19:30Drinks Reception & Conference Dinner

Thursday 7th May 2020

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

09:30Keynote Presentation
10:15Refreshment Break, exhibition and networking
10:45Special Interest Groups
12:15Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:15Special Interest Groups
14:45Refreshment Break, exhibition and networking
15:00Keynote Presentation
16:00Conference Close


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.