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The impact of mentoring: Schools Week covers our research

Our recently published research into the impact of mentoring on vulnerable young people in England was covered in Schools Week. The report for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner found that mentoring programmes for vulnerable young people are widespread in England. However the evidence on whether mentoring has a positive impact on vulnerable young people is mixed. We found that mentoring appears to have a modest beneficial effect for young people on average. At the same time, there is a real danger that programmes may create harmful effects for vulnerable young people if mentoring relationships end early. The report calls on mentoring programmes to base their practice on robust evidence of “what works”. It also calls on Government to support mentoring programmes by bringing together that evidence in one place.