NWG is a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 14,500 practitioners who disseminate our information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child exploitation (CE) and trafficking within the UK.
Our network covers voluntary and statutory services and private companies working in this field. We offer support, guidance and raise the profile, provide updates, training, share national developments, influence the development of national and local policy informed by practice.
The NWG Network is the only child exploitation network working across voluntary/statutory agencies tackling child exploitation, with links across Europe, South East Asia, Africa, Canada and USA exchanging knowledge, understanding and dedicated to seeking ways to find alternative solutions.
The network links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have become subjected to child exploitation (CE). We all know becoming a victim of this abuse has devastating effects on our children, their lives, and their families. Whether you are already managing the strategic or operational response within your area, whether providing the research and validated learning from past cases, or developing provisions or resources, everyone is aiming to improve the outcomes for young people and their families.
Initiatives to help get the message out include an annual National Child Exploitation Awareness Day (18th March) our Sports Campaign and our Say Something if you See Something campaign along with using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We organise regular forums, events and surgeries for the network including forums for front line practitioners and specialist learning and development seminars. Details of forums and seminars including dates are in our ‘events’ section.
Our extensive member resource library currently holds over 1,500 relevant and useful resources which are available to the network (fee-paying) and offer consultation and guidance on the subject of child exploitation, wider exploitation and associated issues. Our public resources library is growing rapidly and offers research items, reports and community-focused resources to everyone, free to download. The network continues to grow rapidly as more endeavour to improve services, with organisations sharing their knowledge and practice with others, sharing the information from the network through over 14,500 dissemination points in those organisations through their own networks means the network covers thousands of professionals who share the same goals, aiming to ‘get it right’ for those victimised by abuse.
NWG Aims and Objectives
Our principal aim is to offer support and guidance to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through exploitation. The Charity’s object is to tackle child exploitation, in particular, but not exclusively, by promoting, enabling, supporting and developing the protection of children and young people who are affected by sexual exploitation.