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Job type: Trauma Informed Practice Trainers/Consultants (associate)

Are you a psychological professional, educational, mental health, social care, or 3rd sector practitioner with a strong interest in trauma informed care/practice? Would you like to engage, inspire and motivate others to use trauma informed practice? Warren Larkin Associates Ltd require a number of trainers/consultants to support delivery of trauma-informed training and reflective practice programmes across a range of sectors and settings in the UK, including a ground-breaking intervention in 50 schools as part of a large randomised controlled trial with the Youth Endowment Fund.

Time commitment:

Flexible hours between 2 days per month to 2 days per week. With peak demand likely being Spring and Summer 2024.

Closing date: CLOSED
Interviews: TBA

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for experienced professionals who:

  • Have a strong interest and commitment to trauma informed practice/ care
  • Have the ability to engage, inspire and motivate practitioners from a range of sectors and professional backgrounds in large group contexts and in one to one contexts.
  • Are comfortable working with frontline staff, managers and senior leaders
  • Understands that relationships are our number one asset in health, resilience and recovery.
  • Have the ambition to become subject matter experts in the field of adversity, trauma and resilience.

There are two areas of our business that will suit professionals from educational, mental health and multi-agency backgrounds

1. Schools and Education Projects

Potential candidates include:

Applied psychologists (clinical, educational, forensic, occupational), educational practitioners, health and social care professionals. Other roles which involve working directly with children (and their families) in an educational setting who have been impacted by adversity.

2. Cross Sector and Multi-Agency Projects

Potential candidates include :

Applied psychologists (clinical, educational, forensic, occupational), health and social care professionals, criminal justice, third sector and educational practitioners. Other roles which involve working directly with children, families and adults facing vulnerabilities who have been impacted by adversity.

Why work with us?

We are a unique, psychology led, consultancy committed to:

Helping organisations recognise and respond more effectively to the needs of staff and clients affected by trauma.

Helping partnerships & communities move towards a future where prevention rather than cure is the new normal.

We specialise in creating and delivering a range of high-quality training programmes, including ACE Awareness and Trauma-Informed Practice training which can vary from, entirely bespoke programmes tailored to a specific setting or role, to large-scale training programmes that reach the entire workforce.

We are proud to be recognised as a leading authority in education, training and change in the field of Trauma-Informed Practice and ACE enquiry. We have trained thousands of cross sector professionals in our approach and multiple independent evacuations have demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of our approach across multiple care settings.

We are currently working with the Youth Endowment Fund to plan a Randomised Controlled Trial of our trauma-informed programme for schools. This ground-breaking programme intends to see WLA, and our partners deliver support to 50 schools in the Southeast of England.

Warren Larkin Associates (WLA) was founded by Dr Warren Larkin in 2017, after spending 24 years serving the NHS. Warren has been at the cutting edge of health care innovation and reform for over two decades, having designed and managed nationally recognised services.

Since 2017 Warren and a small team of associates have been using the best evidence to create solutions that promote public health and wellbeing.

Warren Larkin Associates provide high quality psychosocial education and training to a range of sectors in the UK and abroad.

Alongside this work, WLA also offers consultation and strategic advice to a diverse range of public and private sector organisations and NGOs, such as Violence Reduction Units, NHS, NHS Health Scotland, Local Authorities, HMPPS, UNICEF, NSPCC, as well as government agencies in the UK and abroad.

Skills Set & Experience

  • Highly competent facilitator with experience of training/ teaching – Essential
  • Current knowledge of good Safeguarding practice – Essential
  • Basic knowledge of trauma informed principles, relational practices, child development, stress trauma and resilience – Essential
  • Experience of training delivery in a range of sectors – Desirable
  • Experience of working in diverse communities and in areas with high levels of deprivation – Desirable
  • Experience of working relationally – Desirable
  • Experience of delivering training online – Desirable
  • Competence in using PowerPoint, Zoom, Teams and other popular software platforms relevant to teaching and training – Essential
  • Experience of group reflective practice as a facilitator/ supervisor – Desirable
  • Experience of managing relationships and liaising with commissioners and other customers – Desirable
  • Experience of consulting based on subject matter expertise – Desirable

In addition to the adjacent, applicants interested in our Schools and Education projects require:

  • Experience of working in mainstream secondary education or Alternative Provision – Desirable
  • Experience of working with vulnerable or challenging children and their families – Desirable
  • Experience of working with complexity – Desirable
  • Experience in classroom settings – Desirable
  • Experience in pastoral care – Desirable
  • Experience of working relationally – Desirable
  • Experience of supporting educational colleagues working with vulnerable or challenging students – Desirable

Development and Support

Appropriate training and coaching is provided specific to each project.

Regular supervision and support will be provided and ambitions to grow and develop within the organisation will be supported.


Fees vary per project, but typically range between £300 to £450 per day dependent upon factors such as qualifications & experience, format of delivery.

Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are paid in addition to these fees.

All opportunities are offered on a self-employed, associate basis.

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Warren Larkin & Associates have provided over 20 sessions on ACEs and Trauma Informed Practice for the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. These sessions have been extremely popular and the take up has been incredible.

It has helped to raise awareness of this topic across many partner agencies within Hertfordshire and will no doubt lead to better outcomes for children and families.

Liz Peters, Business Manager, Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

“Many thanks to Warren for the series of ACES workshops he ran for the East Midlands Prevent Team. The sessions were engaging for staff and practically based. Warren worked hard to understand the context of the team’s work and shaped his inputs accordingly. Feedback from the team was universally positive with most reporting they felt more confident in identifying people who had experienced ACES and then engaging in professional conversations with them”

East Midlands Prevent Team

“I recently attended the Young Minds “Addressing 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 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

“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

“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

“I had never come across ACEs before this training session and had no understanding of either the concept or the damage these experiences can cause the person as a youngster and in their later life.

The session was enthralling and on leaving the session I was absolutely blown away by the new knowledge I had learnt, the session was probably one of the best I have ever been to, so thank you.”

Steven Moore, East of England Ambulance Service

“Dr Warren Larkin provided a number of training sessions to Safeguarding Officers in our Professional Clubs during February 2020.

The sessions were engaging, informative and evidence based and increased all delegates knowledge in relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

As an organisation we are much more informed about ACE’s its impact on young people and how we can alter our practice to better support the welfare and safeguarding of young players in the future.

I would highly recommend booking training with Warren Larkin Associates, we are already discussing future sessions for our organisation with him.”

Alex Richards, Safeguarding Manager for the English Football League

Thank you for delivering introduction to trauma informed practice sessions to Police Officers and staff members in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

This training will help us develop our service to be more informed about trauma, adverse childhood experiences and resilience. This means we are better equipped to respond to people in communities, better at listening and understanding people, thinking more about people than process and looking out for trauma in ourselves and our colleagues.

As our partner agencies are all on a trauma informed journey, this will help us communicate across the partnership with a shared knowledge, understanding and language.

I have had a number of attendees approach me in the corridor after the training, commenting on how useful and impactive they found the training. I’m also aware that a number of people have felt empowered to speak about their own experiences of trauma in the sessions, for the first time.

Thanks again

Insp 15 Dan Hayes, Calderdale Partnerships Inspector
“We were excited to have Warren deliver a webinar on “An Introduction to the Science of Childhood Adversity, Trauma & Resilience” to members of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People.  Warren presents vital concepts in an accessible way and he is a delight to listen to.  Our members felt privileged to have the opportunity to hear from someone with such obvious depth of knowledge, expertise and experience.  His work is relevant to our focus on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Norfolk. They will benefit from the key message at the heart of this webinar – that we need to move away from trying to work out what’s wrong with people, and instead be curious about what’s happened to people, as the first step to offering trauma-informed support.  Thank you, Warren for such an excellent webinar.  The feedback we have had has been incredibly positive.”
Sir Norman Lamb, .

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