When Helen Oakwater delivers a conference speech she always makes people think, generally makes them laugh, and sometimes shed a tear. Her intent is always to change peoples perspectives through story telling, metaphor, humour with lashings of practical tips.


  • Impact of child trauma on children and parents
  • Leadership lessons from parenting traumatised children
  • Extreme parenting
  • Unexpected lessons on resilience  and failure
  • Why behavioural flexibility and laughter succeed
National Seminar on Child Welfare Jyvaskyla, Finland. Keynote speaker Helen Oakwater

National Seminar on Child Welfare Jyvaskyla, Finland. Keynote speaker Helen Oakwater


“Helen Oakwater gave an interesting lecture in our National Child Welfare Conference in Jyväskylä, Finland on 27-28 September 2016. The conference had nearly 1 200 participants and it was aimed for professionals in the field of child welfare. Helen’s lecture Does lack of truth telling destabilise a child’s life journey? was valued among participants.

I can warmly recommend Helen for other conferences to speak about similar topics. Helen’s talent as a lecturer would certainly bring additional value to other events.
The feedback from the participants supports my opinion:
“Helen Oakwater was brilliant and the content was important. We need more speakers like her!”

“The way she lectures is great and it is easy to understand”
“The content of the lecture was remarkably interesting and good”
“Helen was impressive, the lecture was full of information, emotional, important and superbly presented” “Helen Oakwater was the star of the conference! An important topic and she had a charming way to present.“
“The lecture of Helen Oakwater was one of the best I have ever heard – and I have heard many.”

Helsinki, Finland 24 October 2016 LSKL_FI_pysty_RGB

Hanna HeinonenCEO: Central Union for Child Welfare in Finland”

Helen Oakwater at IFCO Sydney

Helen Oakwater presenting at IFCO Conference, Sydney, Australia

Video of IFCO conference speech (13.5 minutes)


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