Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence – Advice for Commissioning Mentoring Programmes
This advice published by the EIF, in collaboration with the Home Office, includes a practical “pull-out” checklist of questions to ask of potential mentoring providers, and things to watch out for. It advises those commissioning mentoring provision to be clear about who the mentoring is targeted at and what the intended outcomes are, to make sure that recruitment processes for mentors are robust and the right supervision is provided, and to monitor delivery and impact. It also advises that mentoring may only ever be part of the answer, and may need to be delivered alongside a wider package of preventative interventions.
Comments on our Advice for Commissioning Mentoring Programmes:
Carey Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the EIF:
“Many of the priority Ending Gang and Youth Violence areas are interested in the potential of mentoring as a way of working with children and young people at risk of gang involvement. We are offering some simple, evidence based advice on the sorts of questions that those commissioning mentoring programmes should be asking to maximise the positive impact of any local mentoring provision.”
Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone:
“Supporting children and young people before they get involved in gangs or youth violence is by far the best way to tackle this problem. We need to intervene and help young people before they come into contact with the Police.
“Mentors can often strike a chord with young people who are wary of authority figures, and we need to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge to help divert young people away from violence.
“I’m delighted that we are working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation. This will strengthen our understanding of what works to prevent young people going down this path.
“The advice on mentoring can help ensure that young people who may be drawn towards gangs or youth violence receive the right support to avoid becoming involved.”
DCI John Coull, Lead Officer at Margate Task Force:
“Having recently gone through an Ending Gang and Youth Violence peer review and currently planning the multi-agency response, the range of programmes offering safeguarding and diversion intervention could easily lead to commissioning off the shelf packages more suited to the supplier than the subject requirements. The Mentoring Guidance is an excellent tool to develop a mature needs assessment and gives confidence in demanding and selecting services suitable for local issues and local needs.”