CPFS Volunteer Mentoring Program

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Contact Person: Mark Abbott
Position: Program Coordinator Volunteer Mentoring
Email:
Phone: 08 9286 5218
Mobile: 0419 938 967
Street Address: 2 Curtin Ave, Cottesloe, WA
Postal Address: PO Box 644, Cottesloe, WA, 6911
Website http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/FosteringandAdoption/Pages/volunteermentor.aspx

The Mentor Program will provide mentor services that have a therapeutic foundation to support at risk children and young people in care to support their needs and help them achieve their potential Core Ideology.
We believe that supporting and preserving the child or young person’s placement and relationship with their carer/s is of paramount importance. We believe that forming positive relationships is the most important factor in meeting the unique needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.
We believe that mentoring can provide valuable support to a child or young person at a critical ages or stages.
We believe that mentoring is most successful when it is carefully planned and supported.
We believe that establishing and maintaining positive and supportive relationships with our mentors will, in turn, create better outcomes for the children and young people with whom they are matched.
We believe that it is important to respect each children’s identity, well-being, cultural heritage, needs and wishes and to support these appropriately.

Envisioned Future: The support that the Mentor Program will provide to children and young people in care will directly enhance their well-being and life skills, as well as indirectly support districts and their full-time foster carers whilst preserving placements.
The screening, training and support we provide to our mentors will enhance their ability to meet the needs of children and young people in care and will result in a long-term commitment to the child or young person and the respite program.

We will engage Aboriginal people with the aim to recruit them to become mentors so that they may directly offer support through cultural connection for our high number of Aboriginal children and young people in care.

Core Values:
Respect
Responsiveness
Team Work
Openness

Core Purpose:
To provide appropriate, well trained and supported volunteer mentors to mentor vulnerable children and young people in care on a long term basis

Vision:
Through quality research and comprehensive training and support we can offer the opportunity for children and young people in care to form stable relationships with a mentor that will directly benefit them in the long term.

Program Details

The mentoring program aims to provide reliable and stable relationships/friendships for children in care (CIC) with a mentor that is matched on common interests, personality and location.
Mentors will spend time with the CIC on a regular basis (twice per month for a minimum of 12-months), engaging in social activities and helping the CIC to develop life-skills and build relationships with adults that aren’t playing a guardian/supervisor role in their lives.
The purpose of the mentor program is to offer CIC with someone that can spend one-on-one time with a CIC to support them through the challenges they face in life.
Young people in care are some of our most vulnerable children in society who have often been let-down and disappointed by the adults in their life. A mentor is someone that can build a relationship of trust with a CIC.
The program is focused on CIC aged 9 – 17, and will offer support for young people who may be transitioning out of care, making decisions about their future in terms of education, employment, friendships and social life/skills approaching adolescence and/or adulthood.

Mentor Age: 20-99
Mentee Age: 9-17
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors 17 hours face to face training. Topics covered: Values and Ethics, Legislation and Departmental Structure, Trauma and Attachment (Includes an Aboriginal Cultural Section), Theraputic Crisis Intervention, Boundaries, Communication, strategies for engagement, goal setting, activities and community Online training modules are also part of the ongoing training through the Department.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Federal background and Child Protection check WWCC 2 x Reference checks
Mentor Position Description: Engaging the young person through consistent and constructive means. Working at developing goals individually and together, developing greater awareness of community, life skills and role modelling positive behaviours and responses when challenges occur.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: Face to face contact with the young person at least once per fortnight for a minimum of 12 months.
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