The I Matter Framework Charter

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THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK CHARTER

THE STRUCTURED PROCESS OFFERED BY THE I MATTER CHALLENGE AWARDS ARE INTENDED TO SUPPORT PERSONAL-PROFESSIONAL AND AN ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE PROCESS.

When it comes to any change process that requires substantial commitment of organisations resources it is useful to have a clearly structured set of guidelines to work with.   The following is a letter that your small team can think about together about before taking out a licence to work for the I Matter Organisational Awards 


THE FOLLOWING LETTER OF COMMITMENT IS INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS -
https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/


To be printed on your institutions headed paper

I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD
I Matter Training
Stramongate House
53 Stramongate
Kendal LA9 5BH

Date


Dear I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD MANAGER,

Commitment to the I MATTER FRAMEWORK principles

On behalf of [name of your cohort and organisation ] and with support from (senior lead)  I wish to affirm our commitment to the May 2020 principles of the I MATTER FRAMEWORK and our wish to work for the I Matter Framework Award Scheme

Our cohort name is………………
Our cohort focus is………………


I confirm that [name of cohort-organisation] is committed to working towards the achievement of the I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD aims: ie the advancement of professional and parent education in all schools and services that support children and families.  The intent is to address the misconceptions and disadvantages that arise as a result of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma or Linked Immaturity on children and families, through enabling access to timely education and support of those supporting children who are struggling or challenging.

I confirm [name of cohort - name of institution]’s acceptance of the principles of the I Matter Framework as set out in the I Matter Foundation Course:

The I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD is based on ten key principles. By being part of the I Matter Framework Network, we commit to working for the I Matter progressive award; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

1. THE KEY ROLE OF ADULTS: We acknowledge that children cannot reach their full potential without ensuring support for their developmental needs through healthy relationships with adults in school, home and community.   We affirm it is for adults to take the lead when improving outcomes for children.

2. DEVELOPMENTAL THINKING We commit to advancing the progression of developmental thinking in our education and health settings including support for Adult-Child relationship health in professional, personal and community settings.  We commit to supporting ourselves and other adults in taking responsibility for their own role.

3. ADDRESSING THE EDUCATIONAL GAP: We commit to addressing the gap in education for professionals and parents about children’s developmental needs.  In this we recognise needs that have been overlooked and minimised: 

      + The impact of relationship health on childrens health and wellbeing
      + the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’s long term health and wellbeing
      + the impact of social inequalities and income differentials on increasing stress states
      + the impact of poorly informed and poorly adapted professional and practices on children

4. INVESTING IN PROFESSIONAL AND PARENT EDUCATION: We commit to tackling the understanding of professionals and parents about the role of relationship health in children’s brain development.  We commit to working towards support for the I Matter Personal-Professional Award Scheme

5. PROVISION OF TIMELY SUPPORT We commit to removing the obstacles faced by professionals and parents in getting access to informed support when they are struggling to understand and build the skills needed to help a child who is struggling or challenging. We commit to building local learning opportunities. 

6. ACKNOWLEDGING IMPACT OF ACES: We commit to addressing the negative consequences of delivering education and health and community practices that are not sensitive to the children’s developmental needs and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on relationship health.  We commit to a critical self reflective eye  and to the building of supportive community. 

7. ADDRESSING DISCRIMINATION: We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment of children and adults who have experienced the most disruption and disadvantage.  We commit to checking regularly that our everyday practices are not overlooking these issues

8. COMMITMENT OF WHOLE ORGANISATION: We acknowledge that advancing better education of professionals and parents about their role in children’s development demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles but recognise the need to take small steps starting with our own individual actions.  We commit to the small steps needed in our own zones of influence.

9. WORKING WITH OTHERS: We commit to working with others to develop and mainstream sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance support for children’s healthy development, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality of opportunity for disadvantaged children and families.  We commit to a locality approach.

10.  DIRECTION OF TRAVEL: We affirm that individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of life experiences and other factors and to using the I Matter Framework to support complex insights as well as supporting a clear direction of travel 


I pledge [name of cohort in institution]:

  • to action within our team and organisation 
  • to monitoring of our progress towards a local and organisational culture which supports children’s development and relationship health with all being equally valued and supported in their learning journey

I understand that:

  • Information on I Matter Award signatories, the institution’s I Matter Cohort-Organisational Award contact person and institution and holders of First Steps, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced awards will be posted on the I Matter website. 

[Name of cohort in institution] has nominated [give name designation and contact details] as its designated I MATTER FRAMEWORK Award Cohort contact. The cohort contact will coordinate internal questions on the charter and be the conduit for communication with the I MATTER FRAMEWORK Award Scheme. 

I confirm that the institution understands and accepts the guidance on the I MATTER FRAMEWORK Charter. I understand that the guidance may change as the scheme evolves and that our charter contact will be informed of any such changes. 

Yours sincerely


Cohort Lead of Named Cohort

Head/Director of Institution



INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS


Named Cohort Team Members: 

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INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS

https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/