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Back to school and looking ahead

Mentor CEO Michael O'Toole reflects on Mentor's recent achievements and looks ahead to an exciting year to come.

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CEO blog: Hopes for the New Year

Chief Executive Michael O'Toole shares his four goals for Mentor for 2017 in this first blog of the year.

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Leading public health bodies add weight to prevention

Michael O'Toole comments on the Taking a New Line on Drugs report, and looks forward to a more prominent role for prevention within the UK's approach to drugs misuse.

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The amazing positive potential of kinship care

Michael O'Toole responds to a recent File on 4 programme on Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) and reflects on Mentor's ongoing work with kinship carers in Scotland and England.

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Five for the Future and Five More for the Future

Michael O'Toole recently attended the ACEVO launch of Remaking the State, a landmark report he co-produced in his role as a Commission member. In this post, Michael shares his thoughts on prevention spending, and how charities like Mentor can play a much greater and more effective role as part of our public services.

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NPS prevention requires a holistic approach

In this post, Michael O'Toole reflects on the Home Affairs Committee report into psychoactive substances (New Psychoactive Substances - NPS) and the bill proceeding through parliament, which was published on Friday 23 October. The report highlights the importance of the voluntary sector in working alongside schools and other agencies in response to NPS.

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Smoking, drinking and drug use: new trends and what they mean

Michael O'Toole shares his thoughts on he latest instalment of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) ongoing survey of young people, released last week. This year's report confirms the continuation of a number of positive trends, highlights areas for improvement, and, for the first time, provides useful insight into the scale of the NPS problem among young people.

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New kinship care project embodies Mentor’s approach

Mentor is embarking on an important new project that seeks to change the way that we support kinship care families in England. In partnership with a consortium of charities, comprising Grandparents Plus, 4Children and the Child Bereavement Network, we will develop an Early Help Model to improve outcomes for children in kinship care.

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Three priorities for the incoming government

Michael O'Toole lays out his top three priorities for the incoming administration to safeguard the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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PSHE and a Curriculum for Life

Michael O'Toole reflects on the many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.

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