Peer Mentoring Opportunities for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

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.


i. Exploration of relevant literature and research was completed and follow up discussions were held with SBC/GYP Borders staff to determine progress made since the completion of the pilot project.

ii. A communication was sent to all Corporate Parenting and Throughcare and Aftercare Lead Officers in the 32 Scottish Local Authorities, requesting information regarding programmes/projects or resources offering Peer Mentoring opportunities to Looked After Children and/or Care Leavers in their area.

iii. 15 Local Authorities and 5 Voluntary Organisations responded with information on current practice and/or improvement plans relating to or expressing interest in developing Peer Mentoring opportunities.

iv. The vast majority of these contacts were followed up with telephone discussions and/or face-to-face meetings, including direct discussions with a number of current and ex-Care Leavers. Some discussions resulted in further suggestions of practice examples and expertise, thus widening the range of those consulted.


Email: Eliza Brush

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