Mentor offers a range of services to support schools and other education settings, service providers and local authorities to review and improve their practice in order to further contribute to young people’s personal development, through social and emotional learning and life skills education.
To discuss these services with a member of our team, please contact Jamila by phone (020 7553 9920) or email: email@example.com
Ensuring high quality alcohol and drug education and prevention nationwide
Mentor is a leading national charity working to build young people’s resilience in order to prevent harm, particularly in relation to substance misuse. Our Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) is recognised by leaders in education and government as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools.
To help schools and practitioners deliver the best, evidence-based practice in drug education, we developed the Mentor-ADEPIS Quality Standards for effective alcohol and drug education. These standards form the basis of the following training and consultancy services:
- The Mentor Quality Assessment and Review for schools and other educational settings
- The Mentor Quality Mark for Providers of alcohol and drug education for young people
- A Service Review and Support for local authorities
These services and tools are suitable for: primary and secondary schools; academies and other educational settings; as well as external providers of alcohol and drug education. Local authorities can also signpost educators in their community to these services and tools as a means of improving local provision.
As part of these services, Mentor can also offer bespoke input from our Youth Panel to youth-proof alcohol and drug policy or services. Our Youth Panel is made up of young people from varying backgrounds who are skilled in providing advice, input or feedback on specific issues. This can either be remotely, via focus groups or on a 1:1 basis.
Examples of Mentor’s services in action
2015 – 2016: Alcohol and drug education in Brighton and Hove
In 2015, Mentor was commissioned to evaluate the provision of alcohol and drug education within the Brighton and Hove area, encompassing both the resources offered to schools through the local authority, as well as how schools are supported to deliver an evidence based curriculum.
The review encompassed a range of data collection methods to inform recommendations, including pupil focus groups, surveys of PSHE co-ordinators, teachers, and parents, in-depth meetings with PSHE co-ordinators and discussions with wider school support services.
We have found Mentor staff and consultants to be professional, knowledgeable and highly committed to ensuring that children and young people get the best possible drug, alcohol and tobacco education. Most importantly Mentor understood the challenges faced by schools and local authorities and built relationships with colleagues in schools quickly that led to open and honest conversations between Mentor and teachers and Mentor and young people. Mentor have acknowledged the good practice we have in place and provided practical recommendations that we are already acting on.Sam Beal, Partnership Adviser: Health & Wellbeing for Brighton and Hove