The ORCHIDS Framework

The ORCHIDS framework defines the House Project and makes it different to other accommodation options.

It stands for Ownership, Responsibility, Community, Home, Independence, Developmental Direction, and Sense of Well Being and describes the key things that LHPs will develop with young people and provides guidance as to how this will be done.

Developmental Direction
Sense of Well Being

What is the ORCHIDS Framework based on?

ORCHIDS is underpinned by the psychological theory of self-determination which says that psychological health requires 3 basic needs to be met: –


the need to feel in control of what we do and how we do it


the need to learn to do things and be good at something


the need to feel a sense of belonging and an attachment to other people

ORCHIDS provides a clear operating framework and uses the energy, experience and creativity of young people to meet these needs and provide a safe base from which to explore the world and build a positive future.

Putting the theory in to action

Working to this framework enables young people to be the authors of their own futures and develop control and responsibility for their own lives. They work closely with a group of staff who know them well and who are supported by a psychologist to ensure that the projects are delivered safely.

LHPs use the framework to plan and deliver direct work with their young people, work in a way that enables partners and the broader workforce to engage in the project, drive practice in a positive, energised and respectful way and provide a safe context for supporting young people into independence. The framework also serves to provide a set of standards to recognise, celebrate and build on success.

View the Psychologically Informed Framework report to find out more.