National Networking Group
The NWG (formerly The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People) is a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 12,000 practitioners. It disseminates information down through its services to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking in the UK. It covers voluntary and statutory services and private companies working in this field. It offers:
- Support and advice
- Enhanced profiles
- Updates and training
- The sharing of national developments
- The development of national and local policy informed by practice
It has developed its youth advisory board to enable young peoples' voices to be heard through the work that it does.
The network team is made up of specialists with a range of skills. They give support and expertise to the network, to proactively engage with local safeguarding children's boards (LSCBs) and their partner agencies, media, researchers and policy writers promoting CSE, training, prevention work, disruption, prosecution and therapeutic care for victims and survivors by sharing effective practice, developing according to need, and actively seeking effective practice from other countries tackling sexual exploitation and trafficking in the UK.
The NWG is the only child sexual exploitation network working across voluntary/statutory agencies tackling CSE, exchanging knowledge and understanding, and dedicated to seeking ways to find alternative solutions, with links across Europe, southeast Asia, Africa and the USA.