As an early help service, mentoring really benefits young people who are showing signs of difficulties but are not yet at the point of crisis. Young people are also working with volunteers, and we have to make sure we accept mentees who can be safely supported by a trained volunteer, rather than a professional.
So even if we could be sure about who had the highest needs, we couldn’t use this to select young people. Our alternative services to support young people with higher needs may be suitable, and we signpost to other organisations too.
We are also accepting a small number of referrals for volunteer mentoring from the BathNES Early Help Panel, which supports families needing help but who do not meet social care thresholds. These mentees tend to be at the highest levels of need we can support with a volunteer mentor.
Our professional mentoring service offers all the same benefits of volunteer mentoring but is delivered by paid staff who can support greater levels of need or more complex situations. There is a fee for this support which is often covered from a young person’s EHCP.