mentoring

Relationships for children in care: the value of mentoring and befriending

Mentoring and befriending schemes can help spark a positive change in the lives of society’s looked-after children. This report reviews the place of these schemes and makes a case for making this type of relationship more accessible.

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation: research and evaluation directory

Directory which contains information and links to published research studies and project evaluations that help to expand the evidence base and demonstrate the impact of mentoring and befriending both in the UK and across the world.

Scottish Mentoring Network: resources library

A searchable library of resources on the subject of mentoring in Scotland.

Plusone mentoring: evaluation

plusone mentoring is an early intervention programme that uses a voluntary mentoring approach to engage with young people aged mainly 8 to 14 years who are deemed at high risk of future offending. It combines the school, social work, police and community model with a youth work model, which emphasises community involvement and responsive practice in work with young people.

Scottish Social Networks

Website for those who have an interest in homelessness, social inclusion, communities or mental health and well-being and are involved in mediation, mentoring or befriending.

Mentoring (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at mentoring and if young people who are likely to fall foul to the law could be identified before they actually offend. The Community Service Volunteers has set up a scheme which has already proved successful. The Mentors and Peers (MAP) project matches young people with volunteer mentors who meet regularly for a period of six months. One such young person is 11 year old Bobby who is anxious to avoid the fate of elder brothers who have served prison sentences.

What Works for Children

'What Works for Children?' has produced summaries of research evidence on some specific interventions, called Evidence Nuggets. The nuggets present the available evidence on specific interventions covering: cognitive behaviour therapy; mentoring; parenting; home visiting; breakfast clubs; traffic calming.

Parents as partners in early learning: case studies - the Early Learning Mentors Project, Tower Hamlets

Document describing a project in which a team of early learning mentors was created to work with a carefully selected group of potentially under-achieving boys and their parents from a wide range of settings. The work focused on supporting the boys' communication and emotional and social development.

Young refugees : setting up mentoring schemes for young refugees in the UK

This guide is an introduction to mentoring and befriending schemes for young refugees. Mentoring is commonly seen as a way of supporting young people to meet their education, training and employment aspirations. Befriending tends to concentrate more on supporting a young person emotionally, having someone to talk to and have fun with.

Young refugees : providing emotional support to young separated refugees in the UK

This guide offers advice on how to provide emotional support to young separated refugees and asylum-seeking young people in the UK (often described as unaccompanied children). These are children under 18 years of age who are outside their country of origin and separated from both parents or their legal/customary primary care giver. In this guide the term 'young separated refugee' is used to describe these children and young people.