What is iMap?
iMap stands for individuals Making autism positive and the name was chosen by the parents of our young people. Our main centre is based at Barrowmore. We are a centre of Autism Excellence and provide an outstanding range of autism-specific services for both children and adults.
Our day-to-day approach
Our day-to-day approach is underpinned by highly qualified clinical, care, therapeutic and educational staff. We have individualised and progressive pathways to maximise people’s independence. Our staff are passionate about and committed to quality care – ‘We take the time to do things properly’.
Our aim is to provide high quality personalised services that offer the best possible outcomes for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism.
iMap – individuals Making autism positive- was born in 2010, growing out of a long established service that had offered support and care to children and young people in the Cheshire West area.
In the last couple of years iMap has been asked to develop its services for adults allowing a greater degree of consistency of care for our service users.
For the parents and families of children with a diagnosis of autism trying to meet the educational, social, emotional and care needs of their child with autism can be a daunting task. At iMap we offer a bright, vibrant, honest and effective service based on respect, mutual understanding and an open and transparent partnership. We know that children all have individual needs and we will work openly with parents and professionals, learn how best to look after children in our care. We work hard to make sure that we use plain language and do not hide behind professional jargon, so we can avoid confusion, mistakes and frustration; we keep it clear and simple. We will not be embarrassed to say ‘WE DON’T KNOW’ but we will always help.
iMap Centre is committed to increasing the participation of children, young people and adults with autism in all aspects of living and learning and helping them to make a positive contribution to society. Our aim is for iMap service users to get the most out of life.
Values and aims
iMap – individuals Making autism positive. Within a safe and stimulating environment, we are committed to working in partnership with each child, young person and adult in all aspects of their living, learning to deliver individual care, education and therapy programmes that meet their individual needs. We will promote and celebrate iMap service users positive contributions to the community.
iMap Centre’s highly qualified, forward thinking and dedicated staff are passionate about providing an individualised approach to care, education and therapy that helps each young person to become the person they can be.
- Each child,young person and adult achieves their potential, and makes a positive contribution to society
- Each service user develops their knowledge, skills and understanding to the highest level so they can achieve economic well being
- iMap endeavours to make all experiences enjoyable and developmental
- Through being an inclusive community, all are ensured equality of access and opportunity
- Each young person is safe, secure and healthy
- The quality of our education and care is continually improved
- All colleagues are valued and supported, and all have a voice
- Partnerships with family and friends, external agencies and the local community are fostered
- High quality services and support are expected and delivered in all aspects our provision.
To ensure and celebrate high standards of achievement for all children, young people and adults including personal and social development by:
- Addressing the autism of each service user
- Having high expectations for each service user
- Joint target setting and continuous assessment
- Celebrating achievements
- Using personalised individual planning and monitoring service users progress
- Using internal and external accreditation at the individual level of each student
- Enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem through praise and reward
To build and foster partnership with parents, carers, external agencies and the local community by:
- Maintaining a regular dialogue with parents and carers by operating an open door policy
- Holding multi-disciplinary educational annual reviews
- Hosting and contributing to statutory child care reviews for looked after children (LAC)
- Providing active integration into community resources
- Continually seeking and responding to feedback from all stakeholders
To ensure each young person’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed by:
- Training for choice, decision making and increasing independence
- Regular assessment, target setting and review
- Using a 24-hour curriculum
- Creating with each young person an individual education and care programme
- Offering a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum
To value and support all of our colleagues through:
- A commitment to regular, high quality in-service training
- Team development underpinned by performance management, appraisal and supervision systems
- Enabling communication at all levels through staff meetings
- Encouraging membership of professional bodies and unions
- Networking and interacting with other establishments
To facilitate transition to adult services by:
- Developing self-advocacy skills through improving the young person’s communication
- Developing independence and independent living skills through a differentiated transition curriculum
- Providing every young person with a transition/pathway plan in conjunction with the Local Authority and with parents and carers
- Working with the Careers Service and other agencies to develop the young person’s transition plan, starting when the young person is 14 years old
To ensure equality of access and opportunity by:
- Appointing a residential key worker for each young person
- Ensuring all planning is person-centred and regularly reviewed
- Providing an individualised and differentiated curriculum with a high staff-to-young person ratio offering whole-centre communication systems and intra-disciplinary working, where appropriate