Green Harvest is a semi-independent provider with several quality accommodations in various locations in London and South East. We provide residential, educational and supported living services which enable young people under the care of Social Services and subject to the Leaving Care Act 2000 and all relevant Acts to live as independently as possible. We work actively with other professionals to ensure the pathway plan of each
young person placed with us is implemented before they turn 18. Our long term goal for young people is to ensure that they gain eventual independence
and to make positive contribution to the community. Our extensive training program for all staff enables us to act professionally and in the best interest of young people in every scenario. We work directly with the young people’s support and pathway plans and make sure that the
outcome is in line with Every Child Matters initiative (Stay Safe, Economic Wellbeing, Be Healthy, Make a Positive Contribution, Enjoy and Achieve).
Our Policies and Procedures
Our policies and procedures are in place for the protection of young people (see some below) and we have updated our GDPR policies to reflect this. (Data Retention Policy, Privacy Notice Policy and Employee Privacy Notice)
Safeguarding and Safer recruitment policy
CSE Policy and Procedures
Equal Opportunities Policy
Training and Development policy
Health and Safety policy
Behaviour Management policy
Child protection – Money, shopping, Self-Harm, Whistleblowing
To ensure that the Young person enjoys good physical, emotional, mental and sexual health; has a healthy lifestyle, a safe environment, adequate training/life skills and has access to information about health issues that allows them to make informed choices before they move to independent living.
Services We Provide
Our extensive training program for all staff enables us to act professionally and in the best interest of young people in every scenario. We work directly with the young people’s support and pathway plans and make sure that the outcome is in line with Every Child Matters initiative (Stay Safe, Economic Wellbeing, Be Healthy, Make a Positive Contribution, Enjoy, and Achieve). Our services include but not limited to the following:
Child protection policy
Young people leaving care.
Mother and baby.
Young People at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
Young people with offending behaviour and/or on remand.
Young people with challenging behaviour.
Young people with history of substance misuse.
Young people with sexualized behaviour.
Young people with mental health problems.
3 - 15 hours of supervised self-care & practical skills.
Individual bedrooms in a shared house.
Monthly development report.
Allocated key worker.
Use of resource facilities.
CSE Policy and Procedures
Any specific needs the client would like us to undertake.
Weekly development report.
Extensive in house support on preparation for Independent living.
Register with the local General Practitioner.
Register with the local Dentist.
Register with the local Optician.
Register with the college.
Register for Apprenticeship trainings.
Help with the initial shopping.
Collect young people from holding station.
Escort the young person to and from court.
Escort the young people in visiting their parents.
Young People’s Rights
The Company will at all time in its performance of services and treatments toward Young People have regards to, and abide by the principles of the Human Rights Act 1998. Our company has clear policies and procedures in relation to Young People’s rights that comply with:
The 2004 Act. The UN convention on the Rights of Children (Article 12). The National Standards for The Provision of Children’s Advocacy Services. The National Minimum Standards.
Young People have the right to:
Translation services. (All Young People whose first language is not English, staff would ensure that translation services are provided and that they have access to ESOL courses)
View the accommodation offered prior to any placements being agreed.
Privacy in their placement accommodation.
Express their views on their accommodation and to make decisions about any changes in living arrangements.
Be protected from harm.
Participate actively in decisions affecting their lives and to have a support plan clearly laid out.
What We Offer:
One on one direct communication with a Young Person at risk of CSE or who has already been exploited. A trained staff member or the child protection officer will support and help the Young Person.
Mentorship programmes for Young People in gang related activities, criminal activities and challenging behaviours.
In house life coach skills are put into practice to facilitate independent living ranging from cooking, self-care and other day to day skills.
In house life coach support on money management.
Gang Exit Intervention (our Specialist Consultant can provide this)
Equal Opportunities Policy:
Green Harvest recognises that Young People with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions and seeks to value and harness this diversity to make its services relevant and approachable for everyone. We believe in equality of opportunity and value all Young People regardless of any collective and individual identity.
What to Expect On the Start of Your Placement:
Upon placement, the Young Person is allocated to a key worker and a co-key worker who will begin the induction process. The key worker duty is to demonstrate how to use the facility including fire exits, assembly points, and kitchen amenities. The Young Person will also be allocated their own space in the kitchen where they can keep their own personal items. A risk assessment form will then be arranged in order to ensure the safety of the Young Person and others within the placement.
During the Young Person’s stay, they are expected to abide by the house rules and are encouraged to use the company’s complaints procedure if they are dissatisfied with the accommodation, the service provided, or are experiencing harassment or discrimination.
Preparation for Independent Living Programme:
All Young People can expect our company staff to be committed in helping to direct their path to independency. Staff will implement educational lessons on the subject of daily budgeting, tips on how to cut down on expenses in order to encourage a savings culture, offering support on weekly cash allocations etc.
All Young People experience a wide array of emotions. However, some of them may find it difficult to manage certain feelings or discomfort. Our staffs are qualified to encourage Young People to express themselves in a healthy manner in order to promote the importance of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
All Young People ready to leave care will be taught independent life skills to cope with things that may happen to them. They will be educated on how to move forward from problems and still be able to get what they want out of life. Our staffs are trained to help the Young Person develop in these areas.
Our accommodations comply with the requirements of the Housing Acts, Public Health Act, Reform (Fire Safety) Order \2015, Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988 and as amended 1989 and 1993, and any other national and local regulations relating to the safety and standards of housing. All our properties are subject to regular inspections and maintenance.
The accommodation complies with the requirements of the Housing Acts, Public Health Act, Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2015, Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988 and as amended 1989 and 1993, and any other national and local regulations relating to the safety and standards of housing.
The two core values that underpin the business ethos are:
- Excellent customer service delivered to young people and the council
- Highly motivated staff
To meet future demand, we are currently registered with local estate agents in Croydon as a preferred client and we would be able to provide suitable accommodation.