The National House Project (NHP) supports Local Authorities to work with young people to give them the knowledge skills and confidence so that they look forward to moving in to their first house. By developing a community of support and being able to make their house a home young people can look forward to a positive future.
With ambitious plans to scale our work and continue to drive improvement to the quality of the offer to young people it is important we increase the staffing capacity.
Critical to developing new projects is having the right staff to support the set-up and running of new House Projects.
This is an exciting time to join NHP and we are seeking a skilled and experienced professional who can support our vision to ensure that young people leaving care live connected and fulfilling lives.
About the role
Whilst the House Project approach sets out a clear pathway for young people to move into a house that becomes their home, being in the House Project is so much more than an offer of accommodation.
Staff working in the projects are trained in trauma informed approaches and use a psychologically informed practice framework which supports ways of working that are supported by social pedagogical approaches. Working with young people in a groupwork setting and offering individual direct support enables the development of relationships and shared experiences which allows young people to be involved in the running of the project and central to the decisions that are made about them.
NHP provides a framework and not a model and whilst projects must keep to the fidelity of the approach, local environments and the young people themselves will determine how projects proceed. And this is where you will come in as a practice lead. With knowledge of child development, attachment styles, trauma informed care, the care system and the House Project approach you will support projects to work in ways to develop practice that puts young people at the heart of the decision making process and supports the local ‘system’ to improve how young people leave care.
As a Practice Lead you will have responsibility for a number of projects and will deputise for the Director as required. You will:
- Ensure that projects have young people at the heart of the decision making process and that practice is evidence based and trauma informed
- Ensure that Local House Projects adhere to the fidelity of the approach whilst flexing to accommodate local arrangements
- Manage risk and deal with trauma at an individual, organisational and systemic level, turning these challenges into opportunities for change with improved outcomes for the young people.
This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone with a commitment to making a difference to the lives of young people.
You will be based at the NHP office in Crewe for a minimum of 2 days per week, but you will be expected to travel to Local House Projects and attend meetings across the country on a regular basis.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Please make sure you are available on this date.
Application is by CV and covering letter. There is no application form. In your letter, please tell us how you meet the person specification which can be found in the attached application pack.
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