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Peer Mentoring Opportunities for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Peer Mentoring Opportunities for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Monday, June 11, 2012

ISBN: 9781780458366

This report and its recommendations are the result of a small project exploring services offering and research around peer mentoring and how such practice could be developed to improve outcomes for Looked After Children and Care Leavers in Scotland.

Executive Summary

This report is based on a project undertaken by Susan Middleton, a consultant, on behalf of the Improving Outcomes for Looked After Children Team at Scottish Government, during the period October 2011 to February 2012.

The aim of this project is to develop, as appropriate and viable, the work undertaken through a pilot project completed by Scottish Borders Council(SBC) in partnership with GYP Borders (Giving Young people and Families Support), from December 2009 to February 2011: references to these 2 organisations throughout this report are as SBC and GYP Borders respectively. A full evaluation of this pilot was completed by Befriending Network Scotland in June 2010, with a supplementary report produced by the same independent evaluator in February 2011.

In conclusion single most important voice is that of Looked After Children and young people and Care Leavers who tell us that they “know what it (being in care) is like” and that they can say “we know how you (mentee) feel and we actually do”. Care Leavers believe that they could have benefitted from being supported by someone “who’s been there”, who had a “shared experience” which would have helped them understand and know “what we were going through” (Care Leavers and ex-Care Leavers)