The MOVE Programme is an integrated, multi-agency (Education, Health, Social Care) approach for children and adults with physical disabilities and/or complex needs. MOVE provides a framework for collaborative working, with the expertise of all agencies channelled towards personal, functional, goals set by the participant & their family. This approach enables the development of lifelong physical, cognitive and communication skills, leading to improved independent & social inclusion and ultimately, quality of life.
The MOVE Partnership was established in 1999 by The Prince of Wales’ Advisory Group on Disability, as one of the flagship projects designed to accelerate the inclusion of disabled people into society. By 2007, this project’s potential for achieving real progress meant that the MOVE Programme and its development would be the charity's sole focus.
The charity consists of 4 members of staff and thousands of volunteers, and operates across Europe bringing opportunities for mobility and independence to those with severe physical disabilities and/or complex needs.
What is the MOVE Programme and what does it do?
The MOVE Programme is an integrated multi-agency team approach, for Children with physical disabilities and/or complex, which enables existing professionals from Education, Health and Social Care to co-ordinate their expertise to develop a highly personalised plan, focussing on developing the required physical components necessary for achievement of the goals and aspirations of the participant and their family by: -
- Improved education, health and social outcomes for the disabled young person/adult through improvements in functional mobility skills, development in cognition and learning and enhanced quality of life thus improving quality of life for family/carers.
- The MOVE Programme enables the disabled child and their family to prepare for life beyond childhood by working across agencies involved in every aspect of the child’s life that will support the transition process into Adult Services with a presumption of choice, inclusion and equality of opportunities.
- The MOVE Programme maps progression of an individual using a task weighted scale through the motor milestones, giving information on an individual’s progress, relates to individual need if required, mapping progress of cohorts and individual schools and importantly, demonstrating what is being particularly successful in teaching and learning approaches.
- The MOVE Partnership’s ability to bring the MOVE Programme to as many young people and adults who could benefit will be enhanced by the increase in staff to deliver and service agreements.
Collaborative working has long been advocated in National Policy but often services are separated geographically and by professional jargon – the MOVE Programme provides a common language and format which motivates everyone involved with the child/adult to pool their expertise towards achieving the personal goals of the child/adult and family.
The philosophy and principals of the MOVE Programme provide a common language across all professionals and the family/carers, bringing together the team around the child/adult, based on years of experience of both leaders and practitioners of the programme. The aim of the MOVE Programme is therefore, through collaborative team working, to offer these movement opportunities at the age-appropriate stage in real-life situations to children and adults with complex disabilities and so open up the world around them. Every activity throughout the participant’s day is utilised as a learning opportunity and it is this increase in regular, real-life practice that facilitates the child/adult’s independent abilities, confidence and self-esteem.
More than 4,000 children and adults have already benefitted from the MOVE Programme. Many of these were not expected to make much improvement in their capabilities, but most have exceeded all expectations, in both their mobility and independence. Perhaps more significantly, all have made progress to the best of their abilities. Currently, over 500 schools, adult centres, hospital departments and child development centres already use the MOVE Programme.