Why Should Health and Community Invest in I Matter Framework Training? 

There are lots of reasons to invest in I Matter Training – the framework offers a synthesis of a wide evidence based relevant to improving outcomes for children particularly the most vulnerable.   The training is relevant, flexible, responsive, innovative and empowering across a wide range of needs and so investment offers value for money particularly for those supporting vulnerable children with additional health needs or EHCP Plans or with additional needs linked to a history of neglect or trauma. Parents and practitioners consistently rate our work very highly. 

I Matter’s distinctive big picture approach

I Matter is not just a parenting intervention, nor is it just a CPD add on for professionals.  It offers a big picture view and a whole system perspective on the evidence base to support decision making in home, school and community settings. Throughout our training we focus on supporting the key understandings that help relationships to bounce back from challenges.   In the delivery of our training we use the approach recommended by the well respected Henry Intervention who  advise a focus on both the ‘message’ and the ‘messenger’ to create the conditions for change and support professionals and familiesi in the process of meeting children's needs.  This recognises that parents and professionals need supportive relationships if they are to offer children supportive relationships

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We help workforce development through supporting reflective practice in communities 

I Matter  Training is designed to support collaboration and joined up thinking in the team around the child.   One of the key opportunties of I Matter training is the opportunity to build a local community of practice in which professionals in education and health and parents-carers can come together to discuss the needs of children across traditional boundaries.  When professionals join a study support group with a mixed range of professionals they get to hear about the world of work with children and families seen through a variety of different lens and perspectives.   Through nurturing these key relationships and networks the work of supporting families with challenging children can become more rewarding 

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Strong evidence base for all levels on the Thrive Model - including prevention and crisis intervention 

The I Matter Framework is built on a synthesis of the evidence related to understanding how to address challenging behaviour in children.   In the first instance this training was developed as a tool to address the high levels of confusion seen in practice with children and families particularly those with them most challenging and complex needs.   However the feedback we have received is consistent in noting that I Matter offers a way of thinking relevant to all children and as such it is a way of thinking that can support a non-stigmatising approach to many challenges small and large.

We think the most important prioirty is to get this new angle on the exisitng evidence out for discussion because some of the implications are challenging to everyday professionals practices.

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I Matter Framework Training supports NICE Guideliness

It is well established that to improve outcomes for challenging or complex children it it vitally important to invest in the training of the adults who are caring for the child.   I Matter Training is inline with multiple NICE guidelines notably those addressing antisocial behaviour and conduct problems, attachment difficulties and anxiety in children.     The content of I Matter Training is now offered as a carefully curated structured curriculum.    There has been no Randomised Control Trial of I Matter Training itself however the content which we discuss has all been subject to this level of scrutiny.   Our goal is to get these ideas to those who need them using digital means.  We are therefore now working with partners to determine what delivery patterns support best outcomes for who in terms of impacts on practice.

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Innovative and flexible packages, tailored to local need

We have 10 years’ experience delivering this training and linked family support in our own area.  We like to tailor delivery to local circumstances and priorities.   I Matter can be delivered through a range of delivery models including ‘train the trainer’, direct delivery, and a blend of the two. We start with a two-way dialogue and joint assessment of needs. We can then offer our established practitioner training and family support services, or develop bespoke packages to cover all elements of a healthy start.

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Parents and Professionals love I Matter Training 

We receive consistently high approval and recommendation ratings.  We’re privileged to be offering a training that many described as ‘life-changing’. But don’t just take our word for it. You can speak to others or read some of the accounts from some of the families whose lives have been transformed and who can now look forward to a brighter future following I Matter  support, as well as from some of the many practitioners who describe I Matter training as one of the best they have ever taken part in and who explain how it has improved their professional practice with complex children.

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Value for money

Because our training can be taken forward through online and blended learning our intervention offers good value for momey and can offer an initial response in a relatively short space of time.   Research consistently shows that investment in early years provides a greater return than later interventions. However we know that later intervention also matters and can deliver important and life changeing results.  Our training is competitively priced and provides clear value for money.

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Holistic approach and broad application

I Matter Framework Training is relevant to the support of children of varied ages and varied difficulties and presenting contexts.   We have worked with parents of young children and parents of teens and young adults.   We have worked with children with formal diagnoses such as autism, ADHD and ODD.   We have worked with foster carers  and adopters in post adoption support packages and in prepartaion stages.  We have worked in prevention and in crisis intervention situations and in the longer term complex care co-ordination of the vulnerable child.  Because of the holistic nature of our approach, our Foundation Programme can be used as a key local parenting pathway.

External recognition

We are still a small project as what we have been seeking to do has not been done before.   We are now CPD accreditted by the CPD standards office.  We have also been adopted by the Kendal Integrated Care Community as the central element of their child and family local strategy.

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