Director and Principle Trainer
Working directly with vulnerable young people for over 12 years, Joe Rafter has gained a wealth of experience throughout his career.
Specialising in working with young homeless people who have experienced abuse, exploitation, substance misuse, family estrangement, as well as many other challenging vulnerabilities, Joe has established himself as an effective manager of residential provisions.
Previously an Ofsted Registered Manager and responsible individual of a children’s home, he is currently the Managing Director of his own children’s residential care company, as well as the Founder and Chairman of The Harley Jae Trust, a charity which supports families and children with life limiting and life changing conditions.
Joe manages his own independent therapeutic children’s home, leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to deliver high quality care for Looked After Children. His experience from the voluntary sector enabled him to develop his own vision and values led by compassion, support and empathy towards vulnerable young people.
As a Director of Matter, Joe’s aim is to share the knowledge, experience and skills he has gained with other professionals and practitioners in the field, to promote new and improved ways of working with young people. Joe’s higher education diploma in leadership and management and BSc (Hons) Psychology degree strengthen his achievements in children’s services.