Education

Youth drinking in Scotland: a call to action for educators

Mentor Scotland responds to the youth drinking "scandal" exposed by the Daily Record, revealing that schools in Scotland suspended or expelled two pupils per day in 2013-14, arguing that these reports serve as a timely reminder of the enduring challenge presented by youth alcohol and drug misuse as politicians lay out their election priorities for May.

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Press Release

Supporting transitions through risk prevention

Mentor has received joint Government funding for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) for an additional year in order to manage and further develop the repository of impact studies of evidence-based prevention programmes contained within the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) as part of ADEPIS.

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News

Scotland: It’s SDS Awareness Week

It is the first anniversary of the Self-directed Support (SDS) Act, and SDS Awareness Week 2015 is hosting a range of events throughout Scotland to raise the profile of the new Act. Find out more about how you might benefit from engagement with the SDS Act.

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Education

The Good Behaviour Game: connecting resilience, mental health and learning behaviours in schools

With the publication of the Department for Education document Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, it is clear that behaviour is increasingly viewed in correlation with improved long-term outcomes for children and young people. Mentor being funded to lead a national randomised controlled trial of The Good Behaviour Game, an evidence-based primary school intervention, is a notable endorsement of the gathering and important interest in prevention and early intervention.

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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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