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CEO Blog: Back to school and looking ahead

In this blog, I reflect on Mentor's recent achievements and look ahead to the exciting year to come.

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CEO blog: Hopes for the New Year

Here are my four top goals for Mentor for 2017 in this first blog of the new year.

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CEO Blog: Leading public health bodies add weight to prevention

My comments on the Taking a New Line on Drugs report and a look at the potential for prevention to have a more prominent role within the UK's approach to drugs misuse.

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CEO Blog: 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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CEO Blog: Five for the Future and Five More for the Future

I recently attended the ACEVO launch of Remaking the State, a landmark report I co-produced in my role as a Commission member. Here, I share my 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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CEO Blog: NPS prevention requires a holistic approach

My reflections 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

My thoughts on the latest instalment of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) ongoing survey of young people, which was 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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CEO Blog: 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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CEO Blog: Three priorities for the incoming government

My top three priorities for the incoming administration to safeguard the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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CEO Blog: PSHE and a Curriculum for Life

I feel there are many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and 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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