National Association for I Matter Practice with Children and Families

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR I MATTER PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR I MATTER PRACTICE

 

The National Association for I Matter Practice is in development as the new formal part of our structure taking forward the sharing of I Matter Practice, some of it through the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme and the I Matter Challenge Organisational Award Scheme.

I Matter Practitioners are concerned with taking forward child and family practice that integrates research evidence on stress and wellbeing, child development, brain development and the adult role into a practical biopsychosocial approach. The Association advances all aspects of I Matter practice, including standards, continued professional development and the ethical behaviour of members.

We aim to promote better outcomes for all children especially those who are struggling or challenging by significantly improving the understanding and insight of professionals and parents. The overlooked issues are is the significance and importance of the adult role and the health of the adult-child relationship in children's mental health and well-being - for all children including the value of community and the supports needed for children's brain development.

We aim to improve the consistency and quality of training and support available to professionals and parents in the UK and Worldwide, regardless of whether they are in education or in health or social care and regardless of whether they are birth parents, step parents, adopters, Foster Carers, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians.

The NA-IMP works to support a locality focused approach in association with a wide variety of organisations and agencies and aims to support dialogue through promoting the insights of the I Matter Framework.

We share our introductory training and are open to applications to access our core flagship I Matter Framework training crash course on a rolling programme.
In response to the challenges offered by COVID-19 we are currently opening up to applications on a more frequent basis

Benefits of Starter Level Membership of NA-IMP 


The National Association of I Matter Practice with Children and Families exists to support professionals and parents and schools and organisations on an I Matter Journey through supporting the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme (and eIMatter) and via the provision of peer supported learning opportunities.  

Becoming a member can offer a helpful step on a learning process that is intended to support a process of thinking about relationship health and notably about adult-child relationships in your role either professional or personal.

At the start of an I Matter Journey you will register to watch the introduction and then complete an initial expression of interest.   We will review your information and consider whether we are able to offer you a place at the current time and if so we will make some recommendations about your next best steps.  

If we believe we can help you at the current time your starter NA-IMP core membership will be in relation to one of the following roles:

+ Starter Level GP led Locality membership - for locality hub development
+ Starter Level School membership for mini hub development
+ Starter Level Organisation membership for mini hub development
+ Starter Level Professional membership
+ Starter Level Parent-Carer membership

+ Friend of I Matter Framework Practice - a regular subscription that helps us take forward this work 
+ I Matter Bursary Contributor - a bursary contribution helps us to help small schools and low income families

We are on the look out for experienced professionals with a commitment to locality focused practice across schools and community for a leadership role and training as an Advanced Practitioner

With locality membership you can work towards being able to support access to (link role) or run (lead role) the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme inhouse 

Please note though an I Matter Approach is highly topical given the challenges of COVID-19, we are currently a very small organisation and we are committed to building practice structures that can grow carefully and safely. 

Our initial training is to support Phase 1 I Matter informed practice only.  Our focus is on helping participants inform and steady themselves for their own professional and personal role and on equipping for more effective work with others in your community.   PLEASE NOTE: Our focus is NOT in the first instance on helping you train others or work therapeutically with others - training at this level requires a longer period of supported practice and a developed locality team.

 

The Intensive Foundation starter programme is £500pp followed by
+ a personal subscription membership depending on levels of involvement 
+ an organisation level subscription dependent on organisation size if this is not yet in place

 

At this stage, we want to work with senior lead professionals with a proven track record of balancing insights gleaned from personal and professional experiences in family and organisational dynamics. We are looking to support a community building focus and seek applications from those with a proven commitment to team skills development.

The starter account will focus on equipping the named lead to understand what an I Matter integration of the research is telling us about how to make sense of current challenges and about the direction of travel if we are to respond effectively and safely as a professional community,

The starter account also gives an experience of the I Matter Learning process itself and so we support engagement at personal and professional levels.  Nonetheless as the leadership role is important we are looking for practitioners who can lead with confidence 

  • Completion of the Introductory Training about why new thinking is needed and an application process.  If successful this is followed by: 
  • Completion of an initial online questionnaire about a focus child
  • Opening of an eIMatter Journey online account for yourself 
  • Opening of an eIMatter Journey online account for the organisation or organisation part that you represent if applicable
  • A place on our Flagship I Matter Framework Crash Course Training 
  • NA-IMP Locality Lead Professionals forum to support your I Matter Learning Journey to ask first questions
  • Access to Professional I Matter Peer Member Listening Groups - extra  opportunities for support as you start your I Matter Journey
  • I Matter Practice Theme of the Month

 

I Matter Training is offered in Phases


Phase 1 is can be for professional CPD only for supporting work directly with children and young people 
Phase 2 is for supporting linked parent education. 
When parents take part in training they can also be awarded phase 1 certificates

 

Achieving

Benefits

1.

Tasters

 

One or two members of staff take part
in Introductions or a Getting Started Workshop or First Steps Tasters

An orientation to the I Matter Framework and to issues around stress and the significance of the adult-child relationship

2.
Exploring – Becoming Informed

Initial Contracts

We set up an initial contract for Phase 1 online learning. 2 lead staff complete the
I Matter Foundation Intensive (around 1 term of study) starting with the I Matter Crash Course.  .

You and your inhouse lead team start to develop understanding of the language and thinking of an adult-child ‘I Matter’ developmental approach – and the key role of the adult

3. 
Team Building

Initial Subscription

Two year Action Research project

 

Your SLT decides to engage more fully
with I Matter for professional CPD and to
a developmental approach.  An Advanced Practitioner works with you on staff development and on building an initial Phase 2 Link and Lead team to support
the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme inhouse

Your school-service starts to think developmentally about challenging behavior and work with children and parents.  You are gaining experience in working with others to support staff and parent skills development

4. 

Developing Routines and Embedding Practices

Repeat subscription

 

You start to embed adult-child thinking and developmental assessment and tracking in your school/service practice.
You start to run systems that support
the I Matter Challenge award scheme locally and inhouse

Your growing I Matter staff team of Link and Leads and your community membership enables you to respond promptly and flexibly when needs arise in your setting for young people and families

5.

Achieving and Fine Tuning

You start to achieve the levels of the I Matter Framework Charter Award Quality Mark

You have gathered evidence of the impact of the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme on staff and parents and young people and of key learning steps

You have a clearly evidenced track record of supporting improved adult-child relationship health and supporting a community focus

6.

Sharing

 

Your senior leadership team and lead professionals begins to work with us to
run training sessions open to other local schools and services. Local organisations are wanting to learn from you

You are known as a principal provider of I Matter Professional and Parent Skills Development in your locality

 

 

What is the I Matter Framework Charter Quality Mark Organisational Award Scheme?

It is intended to recognise schools and organisations who have proven commitment and results to show:

  • ensuring staff are trained and make decisions informed by a good understanding of the relationship foundations of child development
  • giving curriculum priority to ensuring children master the fundamentals of social-emotional development
  • empowering parents by ensuring that any parent who asks for help can access training and support in a timely fashion
  • Implementing the I Matter Framework & benchmarking tools
  • Working with others to take forward a community development process that assists others

 

Benefits of membership and the I Matter Framework Charter Quality Mark Organisational Award Scheme?

  • Evidence your commitment to child mental health and children's healthy development through healthy relationships
  • Educate, and engage staff and parents and hold them accountable
  • Ensure that home and school share a common language and framework
  • Benchmark progress for Ofsted with assessment tools that are developmentally sensitive and relevant to all children
  • Join an active network committed to thinking systemically and developmentally in education
  • Deliver relevant training easily to staff and parents without huge demands on your time
  • Benefit from our discounting and affiliate scheme

A WIN-WIN sustainable solution that empowers adults to step into taking greater responsibility

 

 

The I Matter Framework Charter Quality Mark Organisational Awards include

First Steps
Bronze - Foundations
Silver - Intermediate

Gold - Advanced Supporting Others

 

 

SCHOOL OR SERVICE LEVEL AWARDS (ORG SIZE UP TO 1200 pupils or 40 clinical staff)

First Steps Award

You will have a minimum of two staff who have completed Foundation Stage including Informed Senior Leadership Completion of Crash Course
Commitment to a 2 year development process
Your senior leadership of your school or service has committed to the I Matter Framework Charter Award Scheme 
Your school or service development plan has included an I Matter Development process with named staff lead members
You are working with at least one I Matter Advanced Practitioner and Senior Community Links within your locality


Bronze - Foundation Stage Award

You have evidence of an I Matter Action Planning Cycle within your school or service development plan
You have evidence of building a more informed staff team who are beginning to understand implications of development and relationship focused thinking via access to whole setting U Matter inset and completion of I Matter taster online courses
As a school or service you are starting to explore social emotional thinking as a life span approach and its implications for work with children and young people but also with, parents and staff
You have at least one approved I Matter Link Professional who is starting to work with others to help staff and parents access the I Matter Challenge training and Award Scheme
You are working with at least one I Matter Advanced Practitioner and Senior Community Links within your locality

 

Silver - Intermediate Stage Award

You have evidence of a sustained I Matter Action Planning Cycle within your school or service development plan of 2 years or more
You have evidence of an informed senior leadership and staff team who are building confidence in the implementation of development and relationship focused thinking in everyday practice with young people and with parents and with staff
As a school or service you have evidence of beginning to develop a proactive approach to the process of understanding the skills development needs of your parent community as well as the relationship skills development needs of children and young people
You have at least one approved I Matter Lead Professional who is working with others to help staff and parents access the I Matter Challenge training and Award Scheme and have evidence of commitment to the training and development of other staff members with interest, commitment and skills in connecting with and building the confidence of parents
You are working with your community and with I Matter Informed leadership in other local organisations and agencies to take forward a skills development approach that supports the health and well-being of adults and children even 
You are working with at least one I Matter Advanced Practitioners and Senior Community Links within your locality to include a regular locality development network process


Gold - Advanced - Supporting Others - Stage 1

You have evidence of a sustained I Matter Action Planning Cycle within your school or service development plan of 3 years or more
You have evidence of a proactive informed senior leadership and staff team who are working together to build and maintain confidence in the implementation of development and relationship focused thinking in everyday practice with young people and with parents and with staff
As a school or service you have evidence of a proactive approach to the skills development and support needs of your parent community as well as the relationship skills development needs of children and young people as seen at different developmental stages
You have a team of I Matter Lead Professionals proportional to your school or service size who are working together and with Senior Leadership and other agencies to help staff and parents access the I Matter Challenge training and Award Scheme.
You have evidence of sustained work with your community and with I Matter Informed leadership in other local organisations and agencies to take forward a skills development and community building approach that supports the health and well-being of adults and children in your community
You have evidence of commitment to the training and development of your most experienced staff members who can support the training and development of other schools and services
You are working with at least one I Matter Advanced Practitioners and Senior Community Links within your locality to include a regular locality development network process that is taking a positive and proactive approach to supporting thinking for the locality as a whole

 

Platinum - Advanced - Supporting Others - Stage 2

You have evidence of a sustained I Matter Action Planning Cycle within your school or service development plan of 5 years or more
You have evidence of a proactive informed senior leadership and staff team who are working together to build and maintain confidence in the implementation of development and relationship focused thinking in everyday practice with young people and with parents and with staff within their own setting and as a leader in their own community
As a school or service you can evidence clear results and impact of your proactive approach to the skills development and support needs of your parent community as well as the impact of the relationship skills development needs of children and young people as seen at different developmental stages
Your senior leadership is supporting a team of I Matter Lead Professionals proportional to your school or service size who are working together to train staff and parents access the I Matter Challenge training and Award Scheme in your wider community locality.
You have evidence of the impact of your sustained work with leadership in other local organisations and agencies who are collaboratively supporting a skills development and community building approach that supports the health and well-being of adults and children
You have evidence of being widely known as a respected provider of support for the challenges involved in implementing an I Matter Organisational Development Process
You have evidence of sustained work with at least one I Matter Advanced Practitioners and Senior Community Links within your locality and evidence of the impact of this locality development network process on local outcomes for children and families


PLEASE NOTE MORE DETAILED BENCH MARKING CRITERIA ARE UNDER DEVELOPMENT