Barrowmore school @ iMap

Mission Statement

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.

Our Values

  • 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.

Our Aims

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

To continually improve the quality of education and care offered through:

  • The monitoring and evaluation of systems, procedures and outcomes for service users
  • Acting on outcomes of self evaluation by incorporating them into a 3 year development plan
  • Ensuring best value is achieved through a robust quality assurance programme
  • Exceeding minimum standards for education and care
  • The monitoring and evaluation of intra-disciplinary work performance

To respect the rights of the young people in our care by:

  • Recognising that iMap is the young person’s home and that they have a right to privacy and dignity
  • Providing a safe, secure and healthy environment
  • Making young people aware of the Charter of Children’s Rights
  • Induction of staff which reflects industry standards of knowledge and practice 
  • Following the requirements for Safer Recruitment
  • Implementing all Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Acting on the outcomes from monitoring processes, including all risk assessments
iMap Centre

What's next?

If you have any questions, or would like to have a free and confidential chat with us, please call us on 01829 741869 and ask to speak to Nicola Smith, or alternatively get in touch with us using our contact form.