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.
On the basis of evidence submitted in June to the Education Select Committee inquiry on Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education in schools, our CEO Michael O'Toole was invited as a witness, alongside other experts, to provide evidence at the House of Commons debate on Tuesday 4 November.