National Exploitation Response Unit

In March 2015 the government published a report into tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), which included plans to develop a national taskforce to assist practitioners to tackle this form of child abuse.

The government has provided the NWG with £1.24 million to develop the taskforce and deliver it’s objectives over the next three years. This funding has allowed the NWG to recruit a team of specialists to help support professionals tackling CSE.

The Response Unit team comprises of specialists in; safeguarding, police and justice, health, education and community engagement, young participation and parental support.
The taskforce has been named the Exploitation Response Unit and was formally launched in September 2016, the unit is responsible for:

  • Providing support and guidance to practitioners at an operational level.
  • Assisting local authorities, police forces, local safeguarding boards and other organisations with strategic planning and responses to CE.
  • Supporting professionals via a resources library, containing a wide range of tools aimed at addressing CE.
  • Developing a register of skills and knowledge consisting of practitioners and agencies who can be deployed to assist professionals and agencies in tackling CE.
  • Helping agencies to ‘operationalise’ recommendations from reviews, inspections and operations.

The NWG Exploitation Response Unit operates on a voluntary basis and works with professionals and agencies following a request for assistance – there is no mandatory requirement to work with the unit, maintaining the ethos of the NWG to work in collaboration with partners.

See more on the Response Unit here:


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 14 500 practitioners who disseminate our information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK. You can read more about us here:

Training Events

This is an opportunity for practitioners to further their knowledge in different areas of Child Sexual Exploitation. Discount is offered to NWG Gold Members on all NWG training events and a certificate is awarded on completion. See training events below:

Visit our Training Page for full information

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Specialist Interest Forums

An opportunity for practitioners to discuss and debates issues relating to the sensitive nature of Child  Exploitation, to network, share good practice, discuss challenges and seek solutions. Guest speakers share effective practice and new developments.

Open discussions take place in a secure and confidential environment.

Although our Police forum is a closed event and only open to those professionals from police our other special interest forums are open to all and include: Exploitation & Diversity, CSE Coordinators & Practitioners, Police and Policy

Further Information

Most forums run quarterly

Cost: £10.00 attendance fee (Plus small booking fee)

Should you wish to book a place please visit

Monthly Members Surgery

Members of the specialist team will be available to assist with Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking related queries. Appointments can be made for 1-2 hours and be either a 1:1/Microsoft Teams/Skype/Face time/Conference telephone consultation – this has proved extremely helpful to our network.

Should you wish to book a place please contact: [email protected]

Specialist Seminars

Specialist Seminars present an excellent learning opportunity enabling practitioners to hear specialists in the field of CSE/CSA and Human Trafficking in a small group setting, which is conducive to learning and discussion. Seminars are discounted for the Gold Network (those who subscribe or who are named on a membership)

Recent seminars have included:

Harmful Sexual Behaviour – Changing the way we see it. “Great speaker – very engaging knowledgeable and interesting” “Excellent presentation. Points to take away to develop support case studies”

Trauma in Context “This training was very informative & very beneficial” “Could have listened to presenter all day- really engaging”

Combatting CSE: A Residential Care Seminar “Excellent, engaging experience. Presentations were outstanding” “Fab presentation, well presented and interesting throughout”

Future Seminars:

As a network organisation, we are always happy to receive suggestions for future seminar subjects /speakers.

If you would like to deliver a seminar or have a suggestion, please contact Cheryl: [email protected]

Further Information:

Cost: reduced fee for Gold members. To book a place please visit:


Say Something if you See Something (SSSS) is the community awareness programme. A resource which includes sample letters, posters, leaflets, documents and training aimed at the hotel and licensed trade, taxi drivers, small licensed and unlicensed businesses and the sports arena. Two hotel chains and many Local Authorities/ forces have adopted the SSSS campaign. The campaign was updated in winter 2017 and is available FREE on our resources section HERE

Say Something is a national service that seeks to raise awareness amongst young people of the risks and dangers of CSE and provide advice on how to keep safe and where to seek support. The service provides young people with a means of reporting CSE through a free, 24/7, anonymous helpline provided by Missing People. The service offers a complementary and unique additional service, through an anonymous reporting mechanism for young people alongside balancing support and safeguarding them. The helpline will signpost and/or refer young people to relevant local services. Missing People send disclosed information about child sexual exploitation to relevant statutory agencies and expect an appropriate local safeguarding response. The charity also helps the person reporting to be safe, and access support where needed. The helpline number is 116 000. A community campaign available from our young person website: and resources to support your work from our online shop


Resource Library

Gold Network Members have access to an online member only library which currently holds over 1,200 CSE and Human Trafficking related resources including reports, research papers, policies and protocols, examples of effective practice, leaflets, templates and links to other useful resources. New resources are added weekly and the latest additions can be seen by logging into your account. The network is encouraged to submit useful, relevant resources to be included in the library to assist their peers and to build the library further.

Service Directory

The Service Directory lists projects, organisations and services contact details and a short description of the service provided all relating to and working in the field of CSE across the UK. These can be search by region and are particularly useful when assisting colleagues and young people who are seeking support out of their own region/remit area. The interactive directory map can be found on our homepage, please get in touch if you wish your organisation to be added to the directory free of charge.

Newsletters, Member Requests & Websites

We provide CSE/CE and Human trafficking news along with other relevant network news and information across our websites and e-newsletters.

Our websites list national events, training, conferences and forums, have relevant legislation links and a public and members only resource section along with news from across the network.

Our community facing website is aimed at raising awareness of CSE, the site also supports the National CSE Awareness Raising Day (18th March every year) offering resources and support to the network and encouraging a take up on the day.

Newsletters are produced monthly and we encourage the network to contribute to them.

Sharing network requests across the network has proved very successful, if you have a challenge, an idea, a request for information, support or a resource we are able to anonymize the request and send it to our 14,500+ network, once we have a response we can send it back to you

Our Online Shop holds a range of resources available to download free and to purchase.Access HERE



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