Michael O'Toole reflects on his first four months as Chief Executive at Mentor, and outlines two early priorities: to bring alcohol and drug prevention into the mainstream, and to promote and strengthen evidence-based prevention practice, both within our own work and in support of other agencies.
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.
Public Health England (PHE) published a new framework designed to address the health needs of young people. The framework outlines key principles to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities.
EDINBURGH, 1 JANUARY 2015 – Among the New Year's Honours, Edinburgh resident Yvonne Ramsey has become only the second ever citizen to be awarded the British Empire Medal for services to kinship care. The medal, which is awarded for meritorious civil service, recognises Yvonne's exceptional dedication and relentless hard work in supporting kinship carers in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.
Mentor is currently trialling the Good Behaviour Game (GBG), an innovative intervention which has been shown to have dramatic benefits on children's behaviour in school. If proven to be effective in the English context, GBG could have a long-term influence on the problems outlined in the recent Ofsted report which revealed that secondary schools in England are failing in increasing numbers.
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) recently released a paper, Ambitious for Recovery, which recognises the rising social and economic costs to society and sets out "a new course" for an incoming government to address alcohol and drug abuse in the UK.
Mentor responds to the ongoing debate surrounding the Home Office's recently published "controversial" report on the decriminalisation of drugs.