We have introduced a competency requirement for professionals being trained on AIM3 and AIM under 12’s courses, for a number of reasons:
a) To increase the quality of assessments undertaken and improve the impact on outcomes for children and young people.
b) To provide a quality assurance for commissioners that the practitioners have understood the constructs and have the ability to analyse and use the models.
c) To increase the confidence of practitioners that they have been certified as competent to use the AIM models.
d) To quality assure the model in practice, to increase its validity through research
e) To maintain consistency amongst our Associates who train on AIM3 and AIM Under 12s, and potentially those who may train on our behalf in other countries.
How would it be done?
The same process applies to both the AIM3 and the AIM Under 12’s Model.
Within the training there will be a case study, used and agreed by all AIM Associates who train on these courses. While the participants will train and discuss in groups, they have to answer several questions about the case study individually, to demonstrate their understanding of the relevant model (AIM3 or AIM Under 12’s) and their potential ability to implement their learning from the course into practice. If successful, the participants will then be certified as competent and approved by The AIM Project to use the AIM3 or AIM Under 12’s model. Post course, quality assurance about how the AIM 3 or AIM Under 12’s models are used in practice should be provided through the practitioners’ line management.
For those participants who are unsuccessful, most likely due to either a lack of experience or interest in this area of work or a lack of full attendance during the training, the Associate trainer would speak to those individuals on the day and feedback to the course commissioner for follow up afterwards.
We hope to minimise the numbers of unsuccessful participants by working with our commissioners through our Quality Assurance and Training Strategy to get the right people on the courses with the right level of experience and clarity in the publicity materials for the courses so participants are aware in advance of the expectations of them i.e. full attendance and completing the case study.