Keywords: schools; PRUs; secondary education; alcohol and drug education; life skills; PSHE; social norms
Mentor delivered a pilot of the life-skills based prevention programme Unplugged in secondary schools and Pupil Referral Units in Blackpool and Salford as well as the Greater Manchester area.
Keywords: kinship care; training; practitioners; community
Mentor worked in partnership with a consortium of organisations to develop the Early Help Model for Kinship Care that trained professionals working with kinship carers to help them access the right support at the right time.
Keywords: schools; parental substance use; training
Mentor was commissioned early in 2014 to evaluate M-PACT Plus, a project which involves training and supporting school staff to enable them to identify children affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.
Boys and Girls PLUS
Keywords: alcohol and drug education; youth; schools; life skills; Europe
Building on the work of the European ‘Boys and Girls’ video web series, Boys and Girls PLUS aims to raise awareness of drugs and related risks among European young people, as well as provide youth educators with complementary tools to use in drug prevention programmes.
Keywords: kinship care; Scotland
“Relative Support” is Mentor’s report on the needs and experiences of Scottish kinship carers was the first stage in its strategic partnership with government to improve outcomes for children in kinship care.
Keywords: youth engagement; policy; leadership; PSHE
Youth Insight was a two-year project aimed at offering practical support for London-based policy organisations to help them more effectively involve young people in policy development and implementation.
Alcohol & Youth Offending
Keywords: youth offending; alcohol; public health
This 12-month study, a joint project between Mentor and Alcohol Concern, aimed to research the links between alcohol use and criminal activity amongst young Londoners receiving non-custodial court sentences. Quantitative data from 388 young offenders was analysed and in depth interviews and 16 young men and three young women offenders (average age 16) were interviewed. Read more.
London Youth Involvement Project
Keywords: youth engagement; policy; leadership
LYIP aimed to research effective ways to place young people’s voices at the heart of debates around drug and alcohol prevention. Drawing on Mentor’s extensive experience in youth participation, this ambitious three-year championed the right of young people to be heard and highlighted just how essential it is to listen to the very people we aim to prevent coming to harm from drugs and alcohol.
Keywords: youth; drugs; alcohol; anti-social behaviour; risk; technology
Street Talk was a pioneering national partnership between Mentor and Addaction, funded by the Home Office. Over an intensive six-month period, Street Talk trained more than 150 youth workers across England who then screened 2,196 young people and delivered over 800 interventions aiming to reduce alcohol and drug misuse and related anti-social behaviour.
Street Talk used an innovative data capture method – a specially designed Android app integrating screening, evaluation and intervention into one package.
Drug Education Forum
Keywords: alcohol and drug education; policy; research
The Drug Education Forum was funded by the Department of Education between 1995 and 2012 (managed by Mentor from 2005) to inform and improve drug education in England.
Briefing papers [March 2012]:
Archived blog: drugeducationforum.wordpress.com
BME and Rural Community Alcohol Project
Keywords: BME; Scotland; alcohol; communities
This project aimed to improve the evidence around alcohol prevention projects with young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) and rural backgrounds.
EU Kinship Carers
Keywords: kinship care; Europe; families
The EU Kinship Carers Project aimed to improve prevention programmes for children living with kinship carers, protecting these vulnerable young people from harms relating to alcohol and drug use. Our report focuses on the specific needs of kinship care families in Scotland, informed by the Forgotten Families projet (details below).
Keywords: kinship care; Europe; families
Forgotten Families aimed to share good practice in supporting kinship carers to prevent substance related harm to young people. As a result of what Mentor uncovered about the needs of kinship carers and the gaps in service provision, Mentor developed the Families Together programme, supporting 180 vulnerable kinship care families in Edinburgh and the Lothians and to help build sustainable self-support networks.
Peer Education Alcohol Project
Keywords: alcohol; peer education; Scotland
The two-year Peer Education Alcohol Project was delivered across Scotland to young people at serious risk of alcohol misuse, and showed that peer education is an effective way of changing young people’s attitudes to alcohol.
Keywords: alcohol; schools; education; awards scheme
The biennial CHAMP Awards (promoting Children’s Health through Alcohol Misuse Prevention) were launched in 2006, running until 2010. They were set up to recognise and promote excellence in the provision of alcohol misuse prevention activities with primary school children in England, Scotland and Wales.
Mentor Youth Involvement Project
Keywords: youth engagement; prevention; policy
As part of this two-year project, Mentor consulted with young people across the UK about substance misuse prevention issues with the aim of getting them involved in the development of drug policy and consultation.
Muslim Youth Involvement Project
Keywords: youth engagement; prevention; Muslim community
This project aimed to address policy makers’ poor understanding of the needs and views of young Muslims regarding drug issues. Mentor and Right Start Foundation brought together 30 young Muslims aged 12-18 from Birmingham and Tower Hamlets to explore their views and develop an understanding of how to work with young people from the Muslim community.
Keywords: kinship care; families; Scotland
Mentor’s Grandparents Project was developed in collaboration with Adfam and Grandparents Plus to assess the needs of grandparents who are bringing up their grandchildren as kinship carers, so that they can help protect them from developing problems with alcohol or drugs.
Custodial Grandparents: Literature Review
Keywords: kinship care; grandparents; families
Carried out in 2005 as part of a wider project to explore and try to meet the needs of grandparent carers and the children in their care, this review focuses on grandparents in full-time care of their grandchildren including research related to the physical, mental and social health of custodial grandparents, the challenges presented by children and adolescents raised by grandparents, and research on positive interventions.
Coastal and Ex-Mining Areas Project
Keywords: deprivation; poverty; CEMA; complex needs; risks; youth
The aim of the Coastal and Ex-Mining Areas Project (CEMA) project was to improve the evidence base on undertaking drug prevention initiatives with young people in coastal and ex-mining areas. The intention was to pilot intervention models, undertaken by existing organisations in specifically selected coastal or ex-mining communities. This project provided an opportunity to share the learning from these more isolated communities with others in ways they can adapt to their own settings.
Rural Youth Project
Keywords: deprivation; poverty; rural communities; youth; risks
Mentor received funding to evaluate promising drug prevention initiatives and prevention materials targeting children and young people in rural areas over 15 months in 2003-2004. In partnership with the Department of Health and more than 30 local agencies, Mentor trained and supported four rural young people’s reference groups to enable young people to assist in the evaluation of current substance misuse prevention efforts in Suffolk, North Yorkshire, Cornwall and Wales.