Specialist Team

Our team is made up of specialists all of whom have a range of skills and are able to offer support and expertise to the network, we will proactively engage with Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) and their partner agencies, researchers and policy writers promoting Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE),wider exploitation, 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 exploitation and trafficking within the UK.

Sheila Taylor MBE:


27 years experience in the voluntary sector empowering young people to achieve against all odds.

15 years understanding and tackling the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and internal trafficking within the United Kingdom. Previously managed projects working with sexually exploited young people, young runaways, several years volunteering with the Princes Trust and the Guide Association.

In 2010 Sheila was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her work with Sexually Exploited Children. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree from Derby University.

Sheila can be contacted on 07903 220671 or [email protected]

Jon Dawson:

Chief Operating Officer

Jon has worked within the Youth & Community sector for over 18 years and for the last 11 years has managed operation teams in the delivery of services to young people within The Princes Trust. Most recently Jon jointly headed up a project team to deliver ‘Talent Match’ across 5 areas of the country worth over £14 million over five years. These youth-led, co-consortium partnership projects aim to place long-term unemployed young people into meaningful employment successfully supported over 4500 young people.

This experience coupled with the completion of an MSc in Strategic Management from Derby University allows Jon to bring a variety of organisational management and development skills to the charity including, strategic planning, charity governance development, creating monitoring & performance frameworks and developing partnership working approaches.


Jon can be contacted on 01332 585371 or 07535408775 or  [email protected]

Kevin Murphy:

Safeguarding Sport Lead

Kevin has worked within the children’s workforce in a number of roles for a significant number of years. He has been a front line practitioner and worked his way up through the ranks to become an operational manager and finally was a Head of Service for a local authority children’s services department.

Kevin has a wealth of experience working with vulnerable children and their families and he has a unique perspective and understanding of special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Kevin can be contacted on 07399 449 045 or [email protected]

Steve Baguley:

Community and Education Lead

Steve has a wealth of experience in Children’s Services, at both operational and managerial levels. He has been a Head of Service for Integrated Safeguarding and Early Intervention, as well as leading on the development of integrated services, including health, social care, and education. This included the implementation of locality vulnerable children meetings, which have been nationally recognised as good practice by OFSTED and the Local Government Association. Steve has also previously worked as an assistant head teacher.

Steve has recently been working as a consultant for the NWG, focussing on work with 16 and 17-year olds and the preparation for transition into adulthood. Steve has authored a report regarding this key area of learning, as well as developing a benchmarking tool for services and a training package for operational staff.

Steve has a track record of addressing cultural change at a strategic level to better inform service delivery and design.

Steve can be contacted on 07399 449034 or [email protected]

Kay Wallace:

Police and Justice Lead

Kay is an experienced Child Protection Manager, having investigated and managed child abuse investigations for over 25-yrs of her police service. She has managed many serious and complex CSE investigations (Online and Offline).

In October 2015, she took became the CSE regional coordinator for the West Midlands region gaining extensive experience and knowledge about approaches to investigating and disrupting CSE from learning around the country.

Kay took up the post of Police and Justice Lead for the NWG Response Unit in May 2018

Kay can be contacted on 07399 449039 or [email protected]


Bina Parmar:

Safeguarding Lead

Bina has a background in police forensic intelligence analytics and experience assisting high profile CSE police investigations. Bina works alongside Safeguarding Partnerships and national voluntary sector organisations to assist in the improvement of multi-agency responses to exploited children and young people including operational and strategic development. Bina manages practitioner and policy networking forums to facilitate sharing of practice and explore common challenges with a view to develop resources and practices to assist professionals. Bina’s work has included the development of national awareness raising campaigns and assessment tools and has been involved in government policy consultations and national research projects.

Bina can be contacted on 07415 897725 or [email protected]

Maria Cassidy:

Parental Engagement Lead

Maria has worked as a youth and community worker for 15 years delivering informal education and participation work with young people in statutory and voluntary sector settings.

After graduating with a Masters in Anthropology Youth and Community Work from Goldsmiths University, Maria went on to become the Senior Training and Curriculum Worker for Bristol City Council Youth Services as well as representing the service on sexual health.

Maria can be contacted on 07399 449 041 or [email protected]

Sarah Brown:


Since gaining a degree in Youth Studies from Nottingham Trent University Sarah has worked within a variety of backgrounds supporting vulnerable young people and their families, including the role of Pastoral Manager in a secondary school and as a Family Resource Worker.

After volunteering as a counsellor for several years at Childline, Sarah was employed as a supervisor.

It was at Childline she developed as a trainer, working to increase the skills, knowledge and empathy of volunteers in areas such as bullying, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, self-harm and suicide to ensure young people received the best possible support available. Sarah’s time at Childline also involved managing and assessing both safeguarding issues and immediate life threatening situations presented by young people within the counselling room.

Sarah joined the NWG team in 2016

Sarah can be contacted 01332 585 371 / 07949446769 or [email protected]

Cheryl Stevens:

Head of Communications

Cheryl has over 22 years’ experience of working in the area of child sexual exploitation within the voluntary sector.

Cheryl has worked as a trainer and community awareness raiser, led a young person focussed outreach team, recruited and managed volunteers for a vulnerable young person focussed charity and worked as a parent support worker.

Cheryl joined the NWG in 2012 as the network coordinator and has seen that role grow as the network has grown.

Cheryl can be contacted on 01332 585371 / 07399449035 or [email protected]

Natalie Grainger:

Business & Executive Administrator

Natalie joined the NWG in 2015 after working in a voluntary sector CSE project for 13 years.

Prior to that she had worked for a major financial institution in the HR & Training field since leaving school.

Natalie has bought considerable skills, knowledge and experience of administration, office management, finance and CSE to the organisation.

She acknowledges the huge steps forward which have been made since she first started working in this sector in 2002 in relation to awareness of this form of child abuse and the outcomes for children and young people.

Natalie can be contacted on 01332 585 371 / 07852 576119 or [email protected]

Sophie May:

Network Assistant

Sophie is our Network Assistant and joined the NWG in March 2017

With over 7 years of office administration experience predominantly in the care sector Sophie’s role at the NWG includes assisting with the growing membership, overseeing our online chat system and inputting and updating the website and social media channels.

Sophie has qualifications in Business Administration and Customer Service.

Sophie can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or [email protected]