I Matter Philosophy

Philosophy of the I Matter Journey 

Care for the vulnerable child and their family is an area of practice that has been a source of great confusion and has been long overlooked.   As a result there are significant numbers of children and families in every school and community whose needs have been poorly understood and poorly met.

These children and families generally need

These children and families too often get

Well-informed senior leadership

Poorly informed senior leadership

Well-informed and skilled parents-carers

Poorly informed and skilled parents-carers

A well informed and skilled support team

A poorly informed and skilled support team

Careful use of assessment

Poorly adapted assessment

A careful programme to support engagement

A careless programme of engagement

An extended period of supported learning

A haphazard stop start process of learning

Careful progress monitoring

Poor quality progress monitoring

The I Matter Journey has therefore been carefully developed over a period of more than 20 years to be delivered in a particular way to support improved practice on the above needs

Therefore, I Matter Training should not be seen as something that involves a quick roll out by any party.  Instead the I Matter Journey is designed to be used carefully and thoughtfully to impact practices and engage with parties who have become overwhelmed, disengaged and discouraged.

The most important way that this is achieved is through individual professionals and parents and young people making a commitment to taking part in a personally relevant supported online learning journey – in order to create space to think about a relationship with a focus child – as something that matters to them personally.

For this reason, we are extremely protective of the I Matter Resources and the way they are used.

We want to ensure that one of the most important benefits of committing to an I Matter Journey is that it in turn gives access to an impactful learning experience. that serves their personal development and can support meaningful and deep change.  We hold resources back so there is a next step that opens up engaging possibilities.

Though many people ask if it is possible to copy and use the posters and assessment tools, to pass on, this is not permitted as unrestricted use of the posters on public display will damage our ability to provide an impactful learning experience for those who need it most.  They are for personal use only – to inform thinking.  

Thus, someone who has taken part in an I Matter Learning Journey can informally use concepts to inform their practice and can describe themselves as offering practice informed by I Matter Principles.   However, they may not teach I Matter or use the I Matter Resources for teaching purposes unless formally licenced to do so as a Stage 2 Trainee or Approved :Lead Professional or Advanced Practitioner.  At present there is limited access to Stage 2 training.     Those who want a taster of I Matter principles can sign up for the self-help course online.  This is offered in a supported version only via member organisations.


I Matter Organisational membership
  Organisational Membership is for GPs, schools, Services who are prioritising children’s well-being and want to develop their own insight and skills as regards support for stronger healthier adult-child relationships (and particularly parent/carer-child relationships at home) as being key to better outcomes for children in education, mental health, physical health and offending.
Our focus is on equipping adults to confidently meet the developmental needs of children.