Policy

Dealing with ‘legal highs’ requires more than legislation

The government’s headline Psychoactive Substances Bill attracted criticism earlier this week when it was debated in the House of Lords. Mentor believes that evidence-based drug prevention and education represent the most effective means of ensuring that our children and young people grow up free from the harms of drugs – including NPS. Although the Bill suggests the government share this overall aim, the focus on legislation will likely lead to more resources being channelled into enforcement at a time when we need to improve prevention at a national level.

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Kinship care

Families Together: DIY SOS

The Families Together team came together to help a kinship care family who are forced to hurriedly move into a new house in desperate need of refurbishment. In one hectic weekend, the Families Together project manager Liz and Family Support Worker Yvonne rallied the support of the community to enable the family to start their new life with a fresh lick of paint.

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Mentor News

Mentor: #iwill support youth social action

Mentor is pledging to participate in the #iwill campaign, and calling other organisations to join them in supporting youth social action.

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CEO Blog

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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Mentor News

Mentor Webinar Series

Mentor is offering a series of webinars on topics relating to alcohol and drugs education, prevention and building resilience to risks in children and young people. Here you can view recordings of previous webinars as well as details of upcoming sessions.

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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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CEO Blog

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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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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