WLA was founded in the Spring of 2017 and since then we have worked with a diverse range of public and private sector organisations, including UK governments.
Our associates are all successful system leaders who have been at the cutting edge of health and social care innovation and reform for over a decade, having designed and managed nationally recognised and award winning services. We are bound together by our shared values which guide everything we do. Our work is evidence-based or where an evidence base isn't established, we will work with our clients to generate practice-based evidence. We work with our clients and stakeholders to co-create innovative solutions, and we never forget that strong relationships are the basis of successful projects. For WLA, every project is the start of a relationship and it is that relationship that creates change.
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We had the privilege of welcoming Dr Warren Larkin as the key note speaker at the recent (Jan 18) Stockport Safeguarding Adult and Children Boards joint development day. His session really set the scene as we worked on defining our ‘All Age Neglect Strategy’ later in the day. He presented an overview of the evidence base relating to Adverse Childhood Experience, the role of Routine Enquiry and a flavour of Trauma Informed Schools. There was a great deal of interest in the room and a lot of what he said resonated with practitioners working on the front line with vulnerable children and adults who find themselves in complex situations –‘Excellent speaker – knows how to hold the floor and keep the interest’. There was a lot of interest from schools colleagues in relation to Trauma Informed Schools – ‘I will be in contact to hear and learn more’. Participants commented that it ‘stimulated them to think differently. Is this a speaker I would recommend – most certainly'.
Gill Frame, Independent Chair Stockport Safeguarding Adult and Children Boards
Dr Warren Larkin’s presentation at the inaugural South West ACES conference for system leaders led was a pivotal moment in capturing and inspiring hearts and minds to view childhood vulnerability through the lens of the ACEs Approach. We have benefitted from Warren’s extensive experience as a clinician, local leader, academic and national advisor. Through these insights we have developed a new South West network of leaders and practitioners committed work in a trauma informed way, a fresh perspective in reducing drug related deaths and plans for a better understanding of perinatal mental health. Other work continues- Thank you Warren
Jan Bond, Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager, Public Health England South West
We have been grappling with how to integrate strands of complex needs work in Devon for some time; looking for core values and other unifying principles to help professionals from across sectors to find common ground. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Practice have emerged as frameworks of interest, and yet it has been difficult to know how to implement them in a meaningful way to improve our outcomes across the board. Warren was invited to CoLab Exeter to help us understand the power and potential of these approaches, and explore as a cross-sector group, how we might apply them to one area of practice in particular – namely our work with women in the Justice system. In a one day workshop Warren brought these methods to life, by offering his insights and experience, and presenting complex material in a language and format that was accessible and exciting to everyone. The energy in the room was fantastic, and aside from receiving glowing feedback for the quality of the event from colleagues across this and a neighbouring county, we have also received requests and suggestions around piloting this work. So all in all this day was a fantastic return on our investment, and something we would highly recommend.
Amanda Kilroy, Director of Social Innovation, CoLab Exeter
Dr Warren Larkin has supported post-graduate education in mental health at the University of Sunderland for many years, providing enthusiastic and engaging delivery around working with Chronic Psychological Trauma. Students have repeatedly feedback that his knowledgeable and practical expertise has given them something worthwhile to take back to their practice and we now look forward to welcoming his contribution to BSc Public Health at the University of Sunderland.
Clare Brizzolara (Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader), MSc in Psychological Approaches for Complex Mental Health Issues MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Recovery in Psychosis and Complex Mental Health University of Sunderland
It was a pleasure to work with you on October 10th 2017, you delivered keynote presentation to over eighty professionals in Bradford during the Resilience – Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACE) Seminar and you delivered key messages on the impact of ACE.
Your creative and engaging style set the tone requiring a sophisticated and compassionate response, to build resilience when trust has been broken, with an importance to work collaboratively to safeguard those most at risk, despite the current public sector challenges.
As Chair of the event the most memorable was the introduction of the REACh Model and its approach which is successfully implemented with positive outcomes.
I would have no hesitation to recommend you Warren to anyone looking to develop the ACE model.
Yasmin Khan, Director, Staying Put
I recently attended the Young Minds "Adressing Adversity" Conference in Birmingham and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, it made a huge impression on me. It gave me a number of new ideas to consider and also went some way to confirm my recent thoughts around Personality Disorder being a form of PTSD.
Grace Paige, Student Mental Health Nurse
It is a pleasure to be working in partnership with Warren and his associates to provide inspiration, knowledge and support to implement the hugely valuable REACh approach across our drug and alcohol organisation. Warren’s ACE training was delivered with compassion, vision and accessibility. I would highly recommend to any services who wish to develop their trauma-informed practice.
Dr Laurie Higbed, Clinical Psychologist
I wanted to let you know that I saw a patient yesterday, who I have previously found it difficult to connect with and has had difficulties with low mood and drug dependence, and I decided to take that opportunity to tell her about ACEs and in effect about the REACH training I had just had, and explained about the connection between ACEs and adult health and wellbeing etc....and sorry I won't bore you with the details but what I really wanted to say is it had a hugely positive effect on our consultation! I was stunned by how much she opened up to me, and she specifically said that no one ever asks her about what she went through in her childhood and no one appreciates how important it is to her that she talks about her childhood. So I just thought I would give you that feedback, which to me has been such a positive experience and made me even more keen to put this formally in action.
Antonia Wade, GP, Hammersmith Surgery
- Relevant, clear, story-based delivery helps me to remember key points
- Very well explained and good emphasis on the huge impact of the ACE issue
- Excellent, accessible and informative
- Good to have top down context
- Fantastic – really inspiring and a brilliant speaker, empowering us as therapists to ask questions and help facilitate meaningful change
- Very informative and a fantastic reminder to keep thinking about trauma & asking these questions
- Loved Warrens delivery, enthusiasm, humour and comprehensive presentation. I could’ve listened to him all day
- Engaging speaker – provided lots of useful info
- Really engaging with relevant & key relatable experiences
Feedback from North West Psychological Professionals Network Annual Conference 2018,