I Matter Framework Training for Parents - Carers

Are you a parent or carer of a challenging child?    Or is your child struggling at the moment?

Or are you someone who just wants to invest in your own skills as a parent?

In any of these situations, you will know that getting help can be difficult and that when it comes to parenting community really matters.   That is why we are developing something new as we believe parenting and caring really DOES matter and that your role is key.

Training in the I Matter Framework helps parents and carers understand better  

We bring research evidence together into a easy to understand practical whole

Training strengthens your ability to help your child - whether typical or more complex

When parents understand the Why - then the What is much easier to implement.

As the  truth is that parenting is not just about the kids!  There is a much bigger picture which is important - and fascinating.   

We think parenting and caring offers an amazing opportunity to learn and grow so though we are still small as a project, we would love to see more people able to access I Matter training because as the fog starts to lift - this can change everything

Imagine too how different our communities would look if we all decided that our parenting skills were something that mattered and that we could be part of making sure that parents and carers could find support when it was really needed.

So at present we are working with schools and GP practices and other services from our base in Kendal ICC to extend the availability of group training and of individualised coaching support.

However I Matter for parents is not a typical parenting course.  We look at some much bigger questions about wellbeing in general, at how children develop, at the way the brain works and the adult role and at the power of our own beliefs and attitudes.    This knowledge and the linked skills involved are relevant for ALL children but the understanding is particularly important if you have a child with some additional challenges.

At the end of this course you will know why you matter and you will have some practical steps that you will be able to use to help you get to where you want to go as the best parent you can be for your child

Who is I Matter Framework Training for?

I Matter Framework Training is relevant for and can be adjusted flexibly to a very wide range of everyday and increased pressure parenting-caring challenges.  The training is usually very complementary to other approaches that you may be exploring.   As a framework it aims to help you to join up the dots so your confidence can grow and so you can take the lead as an expert that your child needs.

Working with Support from a Parent Link or a Lead Professional or Advanced Practitioner

I Matter Framework Training is designed to support discussion and reflection. Parents work through the same content that professionals study but commonly at a steadier pace.   The full course typically runs over 2-3 half terms with online study and group discussion.    Though there is lots of support for private reflection, we actively encourage parents and carers to work with others. If there are escalated challenges then working wth others who are experienced is also really important.   

At the start of a supported parent-carer journey you will complete a registration process that will start you thinking about your focus child.   Before you get started we will review this registration information and make some recommendations about how to get best value from your learning journey.   When we work intensively with you these recommendations can be adjusted as you and your child progress.   Support can be small group, face to face, via web conference, with recorded Q&A or via 1:1

Progressing your I Matter Journey

According to varied starting points parents and carers progress at diferent rates through the stages of I Matter Training.  There is a lot to learn!  Support can be light weight or more intensive and can come from people with varied levels of experience.   One day we hope you will be helping others as a Link Parent or as a Parent Mentor. 

We see I Matter as supporting an important journey.  However we don't see ourselves as offering everything you will need.  We actively encourage you to seek out other learning and we want you to commit to growing your skills.  As another truth is that becoming a confident good-enough parent can take a lot of work and a lot of commitment, particularly if you have a child with additional challenges.   However we do want to support you as this is important work!


Due to significant demand we are currently exploring making our core Foundation course available as a self-help option for parents or with recorded Q&A support.  If you are interested please contact us. 

The following two week email course was initially designed for parents who were struggling to know how to help a child who was struggling.  It has now been incorporated into our main Foundation A Part 1 course.   However due to the increasing difficulties that parents and carers are experiencing in accessing services we have decided to make it available immediately as an anytime offer.



At present member schools with Lead Professionals are only in the Kendal area. if your school is not a member school but you are registered with a GP in Kendal please speak to your own GP who will put you in touch with the Kendal ICC I Matter lead GP.  Most Kendal GPs know about the I Matter Project and are kept updated.    The introductory sessions ususlly run on the same day as the professional sessions that you will see listed on the professional courses page.    Following a contact via your school or GP we can send you information about the coming sessions.



Due to the size of our organisation we regret that we are currently unable to offer supported learning to parents-carers outside the Kendal area, though we are planning to reach out shortly into the wider Morecambe Bay area. 

However we are keen to share these helpful ideas with others and build more opportunities for supported learning.  So we actively encourage you to speak to your school or GP about the training that we are running.   

I have been looking for help for so long.  It has been so good taking part in this training together.  For the first time my husband and I are really working well as a team.  It feels so different     Parent of 3 complex children

I Matter  Training has helped me take a hard look at what has been happening without me feeling judged.   Now I understand better I can see that I was sometimes not helpful to my child.   Now we are moving on and life feels so different.   I wish I had had this training earlier.       Parent of challenging child


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We carefully gather evidence of the impact of I Matter Training using a variety of formats and will be presenting more here very shortly.

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If I had understood these ideas earlier

I could have been a lot more effective

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