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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12540: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support mentoring for young people.

Answered by: Maree Todd 21 November 2017

The Scottish Government supports mentoring and related befriending, advocacy and apprenticeship programmes across several Ministerial portfolios. Mentoring has a substantial evidence base demonstrating its effectiveness in substantially improving outcomes across a wide range of educational, health and wellbeing indicators. We support a range of activities to improve outcomes for children and young people through the Children, Young People & Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning & Empowering Communities Fund. A total of 117 organisations receive core funding to support their general infrastructure and core service costs, of which 7 have an element of mentoring activity. These are Apex Scotland, LINKnet Mentoring Ltd, Mentor Scotland, Positive Help, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Mentoring Network and The Venture Trust who collectively receive £706k from CYPFEIF/ALEC.

My portfolio also has a specific focus on supporting looked after children, who currently demonstrate the poorest outcomes by comparison with their peers. Within Scotland's population of looked after children and young people, those who are looked after at home demonstrate the poorest outcomes of all. You may therefore be interested to know about ‘Intandem’, Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people looked after at home, which was launched in November 2016 and receives £750,000 Scottish Government funding per annum. Intandem, which is delivered by Inspiring Scotland, provides mentors for young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home. Through our portfolio of 13 partner charities, Intandem matches young people from all across Scotland with trained local volunteers to build positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationships.