Vulnerable Children In Schools and Communities

Developing Home-School Practice

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
IN HOMES, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES 

SUPPORT I MATTER INFORMED EARLY INTERVENTION ASSESSMENT AND CARE PLANNING AND JOINED UP HOME-SCHOOL PRACTICE

(in beta) Here at the I Matter Practice we have been training professionals and parents in the I Matter Framework since 2010.  Our passion is improving practices in the care of all children but particularly the most vulnerable children and their families.   Vulnerable children includes all those children who have experienced high levels of challenges or trauma or disruption from an early age.   Right now in the context of COVID this is higher than ever before. 

I Matter Training was developed because the research is clear that best practices for all children but particularly the most vulnerable children requires a community of informed adults who are working together well with some clear shared objectives.  It became clear that at present many GP communities and schools and services do not yet know how to deliver what is needed, partly because they are also working in a policy context that does not yet support best practices. 

The I Matter Vulnerable children in schools and communities programme is intended to help health, education and social care communities to be proactive in making a difference by bringing together different elements of an I Matter Journey. We are currently focussing on working with others to improve practices for those with Education Health Care Plans and Adoption Support Plans.  Due to the scale of the need we are also progressing the general parenting and caring preparation programme supported by the Community Wheel.

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I Matter Vulnerable Children in Schools Training offers you an integrated theoretical approach on which to base your practice with children and families.  It supports the WHY and the WHAT and the HOW of everyday decisions with vulnerable children and their families. It is offered via a step-wise approach. The training steps help schools become licensed to oversee the delivery of EHCP Plans which support joined up home-school practices. We are looking for professionals who want to help their own schools and communities by taking forward an locality based programme 

In these COVID-19 times, is your school wide practice with children and families appropriately well informed about relationship health? Do you feel equipped with the advanced insight and skills that are needed by adults who care for the sensitive or vulnerable child and their families?  Would you like to help others?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER INTEREST IN AN INTRODUCTION 
WHAT IS AN I MATTER APPROACH AND WHY IS IT NEEDED? 

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Why Take Part in I Matter Vulnerable Child In Schools Training?

As a Licensed host school working with licensed professional practitioners, participation in I Matter Vulnerable Children In Schools Training will help you add specialist theoretical and practical knowledge to your current practices and help you take your practice with parents to a new level.  The I Matter Framework offers you a practical back to basics integration of the research evidence on what supports the healthy development of children.   You can join a professional community who are dedicated to working together to deliver an integrated and collaborative approach for families who are struggling to help children.


The Stages of Training include

1. Awareness (RED)

2. Bridging Link Professional Role (PURPLE)

3. Stage 1 Working with Children's Developmental Needs (YELLOW)

4. Stage 2: Supporting Adults (GREEN)

For more information on certification please click here

We are honoured to work with some amazing people who have encouraged us on this journey. Our Advisory Board and Practitioner Network are testimony to that.

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What You’ll Get:

The I Matter Vulnerable Children In Schools and Communities Programme is all about training and ongoing support for the team of adults around the child.   This includes:  Senior Leaders, Front Line Practitioners and Parents-Carers.   We help participants by providing a clear assessment with recommendations, followed by training and ongoing coaching for both staff in school and parents-carers at home,  as applicable to the level of presenting needs.

Support for Senior Leadership

Support for Front Line Practitioners


Support for Parents-Carers

THE I MATTER CHALLENGE  AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

We often refer to the I Matter Journey as an I Matter Challenge.  When this involves work in a home school context in the care of a vulnerable child, this is because: 

i) It can be challenging to find time to fit the learning in - parents and professionals are busy people!
ii) It can be challenging getting everyone to agree on the priorities and way forward
ii) it can be challenging to keep focussed on the priority of improving relationship health for a focus child

However the priorities are all SUPER IMPORTANT!  

The term vulnerable children includes any child who is anxious and challenging but particularly those with additional social emotional needs linked to a history of early challenges, or trauma or disruption.

So it can be challenging, but as you get clearer, the Fog lifts, and with clarity the stress levels reduce...

I Matter Training for Vulnerable Children involves several strands of I Matter training brought carefully together

AWARENESS STAGE INFORMED PRACTICE AWARDS
ORGANISATIONAL HOST AWARDS
BRIDGE ROLES - IMPLEMENTATION AWARDS
STAGE 1 EXTENDED JOURNEY MENTOR AWARDS
STAGE 2 SUPPORTING OTHERS AWARDS 

You will build a trained team around your focus child and be supported in developing
a focussed programme of support overseen by an Advanced Practitioner

In an I Matter Training Journey participants will learn about stress and wellbeing, brain development, child development and the adult role and the power of our beliefs and attitudes - whilst keeping a focus child in mind.  This understanding will help support you at home, as well as with direct work with children. It will also offer the insight and a structured development process to support questioning about everyday details and much more effective practice with struggling children and their parents and carers. 

TO SUPPORT BEST PRACTICE WE OFFER INDIVIDUAL I MATTER TRAINING AND THE ORGANISATIONAL AWARD 

 I MATTER TRAINING CAN COMPLEMENT
EDUCATION HEALTH CARE PLANS,
ADOPTION SUPPORT PLANS
AND CHILD LOOKED AFTER PLANS