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.
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.
The Department for Education (DfE) announced the outcome of the VCS National Prospectus 2015-16 on 25 March 2015, which included a proposal for an Early Help Model for Kinship Care, submitted by a consortium of organisations led by Grandparents Plus, with contributions from Mentor, 4Children and the Childhood Bereavement Network (part of the National Children's Bureau).
I feel there are many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and PSHE education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.
Marion Inglis, a family support worker at Mentor working with kinship carers as part of the Families Together project, shares her experience introducing a recently referred child to our weekly youth group for children in kinship care.
DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.
Some reflections on my first four months as Chief Executive at Mentor, in which I outline 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.