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Scotland's National Mentoring Scheme for looked after children and young people

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Following their appointment as Fund Manager and Lead Delivery Agent for the programme in March 2016, Inspiring Scotland launched 'intandem - Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people' and opened the application process for funding on 28 July which will run until midnight on Friday 9 September.  Visit the Inspiring Scotland website for information on the intandem funding application process.  Funding is expected to be provided to successful applicants from December 2016 onwards. 

Development of the Scheme

Mentoring, with particular features, has a substantial international evidence base demonstrating its effectiveness in improving outcomes across a wide range of educational, health and wellbeing, and ‘positive destination’ indicators, including positive community engagement. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) specifically recommends focussed interventions, delivered by trained mentors, for looked after children and young people in England and Wales.

A national audit has identified the presence of local and regional mentoring and befriending projects across Scotland, although existing services are not specifically focussed on looked after children and young people. The intention is to expand the scheme in stages so that, over time, mentoring relationships will be available to all looked after children and young people across Scotland.

Background to the Scheme

The Centre of Excellence for Looked Children in Scotland (CELCIS) established the Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group (LACSIG) which brought together expertise from across the looked after children and care leaver sector in Scotland in a number of thematic Hubs.

This programme identified relationship-focussed practice and the need for extended transitions to support experiences more comparable with their non-looked peers, as specific areas for development.

The LACSIG Volunteering/Mentoring Hub, chaired by Dr Susan Elsley recommended in its report establishing a National Mentoring Scheme focussing on those, aged 8-14, who are looked after at home, as they experience the poorest outcomes of all looked after children and young people. This recommendation was accepted by the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell.
Read the LACSIG report Developing a National Mentoring Scheme for Looked After Children and Young People.