Phil joined the children’s sector workforce as a residential practitioner 20 years ago and went on to become a successful provider of residential care and education for children and young people with complex needs. His participation in the development of supported accommodation for young people and care leavers draws on knowledge gained during this time, his aspirations for young people and an ethical business sense. His contribution is also influenced by keen interest and success in property development and the building design and high standard of accommodation provided is attributed to this.
Since joining the children’s social care workforce in 1977 I have worked as a practitioner and children’s home manager in residential child care, a foster carer, a registered social worker, a children’s resource manager, an executive director operating children’s homes and schools for young people with complex needs and as an independent provider of supported accommodation for care leavers.
I have been an active supporter of The Care Leavers Foundation (now The Rees Foundation) since 2008 and a Director and Trustee of The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities since 2012 and I am passionately committed to the protection of children and young people through the development and delivery of therapeutic services that recognise the connection between needs led plans, mutual relationships and improved life chances.
Ann worked with looked after children and young people before joining Future Horizons as a support worker in 2012. She is a qualified practitioner whose passion for the job and determination to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people is undeniable. Ann has been significant in the cultural development, ethos and quality of the services provided.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr George Harris is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of GH Psychology Ltd. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Essex. Whilst completing his undergrad degree, he developed an interest in clinical psychology and psychological trauma (including Posttraumatic Growth).
Following his graduation, he was employed by the NHS, working in a Community Mental Health Team in Northamptonshire. He worked in clinic and out in the community with adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. During this period, he developed an interest in working with young adults that had experienced early life psychological trauma. This interest led him to work with children and adolescents with emotional, mental health and neurodevelopmental problems. He then worked in several Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams in Staffordshire. He developed a particular interest in working with ‘looked after young people’, ‘young offenders’ and psychologically traumatised young people. He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Universities of Coventry and Warwick. During his training, he specialised in working with children and adolescents with complex emotional and psychological presentations, and individuals who had experienced severe psychological trauma.
After working in the NHS for eight years, he joined CPA, one of this country’s leading independent providers of clinical psychology, who specialised in working with looked after young people in residential settings. During his eight years with CPA, he also worked with other vulnerable members of our society in a variety of settings, including young and adult offenders, adults with learning disabilities and severely disadvantaged young people and their families in the community.
In 2015, he started his own psychology company. He currently works in both main stream school and residential home settings. He also has an individual private practice.
He has a long-standing experience in providing training, staff consultation, specialist assessment and therapeutic input for young people and adults who are looked after in residential settings. He also, provides consultation, training, supervision, group and individual therapy and specialist assessment for young people and their families in education settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, and schools for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. He is skilled in building therapeutic relationships with hard to reach young people and adults. He uses a variety of psychological approaches and theories, including attachment theory, psychodynamic approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy, systemic theory, family therapy and person-centred approaches in his work.
David joined Future Horizons in 2013 as Bank Staff after working within the Leisure Industry as a Leisure Centre Manager for 26 years. He became a full time member of the team in 2014.