As we wait on the Commons Committee report on Psychoactive Substances Bill, Mentor is hopeful not only about the role that prevention and education will play in the government’s response to NPS, but also about the increasing importance of prevention within the Government’s wider drug strategy.
Mentor is the lead partner in a new kinship care programme run by Big Hearts Community Trust that seeks to use "the power of the club's crest" to support kinship care families in Edinburgh and beyond. The scheme will run a weekly after-school club for children offering football coaching, music tuition and other activities, and a support group for carers providing information, advice and peer support.
We were recently given an exciting opportunity to share examples of good practice from Mentor ADEPIS and contribute to the development of new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO.
On 7 September, Mentor's Youth Insight team brought together people from a wide range of organisations to focus on youth engagement and participation in policy development. Participants represented a diverse range of organisations and sectors, including local government, youth/community centres, young offenders' rehabilitation services, education, employability, healthcare and citizenship services and various charities.
Mentor ADEPIS is determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We will do this through the delivery of free regional seminars exploring CAYT quality assessed programmes. We are pleased to announce that our second seminar will look at the Effekt programme, developed in Sweden, and will take place on Wednesday 7 October 2015.