Kinship care

Mentor to help develop Early Help Model for kinship care

The Department for Education (DfE) announced the outcome of the VCS National Prospectus 2015-16 on 25 March 2015, which included a proposal for an Early Help Model for Kinship Care, submitted by a consortium of organisations led by Grandparents Plus, with contributions from Mentor, 4Children and the Childhood Bereavement Network (part of the National Children's Bureau).

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Mentor News

Mentor launches Young STAND Awards 2015

Mentor is delighted to launch the third edition of the Young STAND (Scots Tackling Alcohol and Drugs) Awards 2015. Two winning projects will each receive a £1,000 cash prize and mentoring support to develop their projects.

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Kinship care

“All in the same boat” – a snapshot of Families Together

Marion Inglis, a family support worker at Mentor working with kinship carers as part of the Families Together project, shares her experience introducing a recently referred child to our weekly youth group for children in kinship care.

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Policy

Experts welcome ACMD Recovery Committee briefing paper

DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.

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Policy

Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools

Mentor welcomes and responds to the publication of the Commons Education Select Committee report about the status of PSHE and SRE in schools.

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Press Release

Mentor welcomes report of Commons Education Committee into PSHE

The alcohol and drug prevention charity, Mentor, welcomed the publication of the Commons Education Committee report into PSHE education. The report cited evidence of the value of quality PSHE on young people's wellbeing and made a number of key recommendations for improving provision, including statutory status for the subject.

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Policy

Five Principles for Youth-Oriented Health Initiatives

Public Health England (PHE) published a new framework designed to address the health needs of young people. The framework outlines key principles to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities.

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Policy

Harm reduction vs. prevention

Mentor examines recent dialogue around harm reduction regarding drug use, arguing that ongoing discussions around drug policy needs to be refocused on bringing prevention into the mainstream.

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Kinship care

New Year’s Honours for Kinsfolk Carer

EDINBURGH, 1 JANUARY 2015 – Among the New Year's Honours, Edinburgh resident Yvonne Ramsey has become only the second ever citizen to be awarded the British Empire Medal for services to kinship care. The medal, which is awarded for meritorious civil service, recognises Yvonne's exceptional dedication and relentless hard work in supporting kinship carers in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.

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Policy

The GBG approach: can it arrest secondary school decline?

Mentor is currently trialling the Good Behaviour Game (GBG), an innovative intervention which has been shown to have dramatic benefits on children's behaviour in school. If proven to be effective in the English context, GBG could have a long-term influence on the problems outlined in the recent Ofsted report which revealed that secondary schools in England are failing in increasing numbers.

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