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Factsheet 14: Recruiting male mentors

It is widely accepted that over recent decades men’s roles have changed to include more care of infants and young children. More fathers are noticeably pushing strollers, dropping off toddlers at childcare and volunteering in differing capacities such as for literacy tutoring in schools. However, a quick peek into almost any youth mentoring program will show that there are not enough men volunteering as mentors. This factsheet provides some tips on how to recruit male mentors.

Factsheet 13: Involving Parents in Mentoring Programs

Involving parents in mentoring program is one of the best things a program can do to increase its success. Programs that actively engage parents, guardians, and other caregivers to work in partnership with mentors and program staff are more likely to see positive changes in young people and improved outcomes. However, there are some aspects of involving parents that can be challenging. Today’s parents are busy and your program’s competing for their time and energy with other school and community obligations. This factsheet provides advice on how best to engage parents in the mentoring process.

 

Factsheet 12: Responding to claims of abuse

This factsheet provides information about how to deal with suspected child abuse or neglect. In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for receiving reports of suspected child abuse and neglect from members of the public. Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of being abused and/or neglected should report it to the authority in their state or territory. Certain groups of people are required by law to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child. Further guidelines regarding mandatory reporting can be found on the wiki page, Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Factsheet 11: Cross-cultural Mentoring

This factsheet provides coordinators with help to understand the basic of mentoring cross-culturally. As program coordinators, it is imperative to understand the basic differences between terminologies and cultural values to provide the best outcomes for success; for matches to remain together for a reasonable amount of time; and in order to meet the vision for your program.

Factsheet 10: Program Tune-Up

The Australian Youth Mentoring Network’s (AYMN) Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks provide the minimum standards for mentoring programs to follow. These are a guide for programs to establish a solid foundation for delivering a quality program. This fact sheet aims to assist you in the ‘tune up’ of your operations in order to better meet the National Benchmarks and make a difference to the lives of young people.

Factsheet 9: Mentor Screening

This factsheet provides programs with details about screening tools mentoring programs can use to screen mentors. Screening mentors provides not only a duty of care to your mentees, program and stakeholders; it also ensures that our young people are surrounded by clear rules, expectations and standards, sending a message of safety, integrity and value. The type of screening process a program requires will depend upon the particular group being mentored, the risks involved, and the personal characteristics desired in your mentors.

 

Factsheet 8: Closing the Match

This factsheet provides programs with procedures, policy and tips on how to close a match. A range of reasons exist which may bring about the close of a mentoring match. As the program coordinator, it is essential to prepare not only the parties involved but also the operations of the program, ensuring all boxes are ticked and your program strives to meet the National Youth Mentoring Benchmarks.

Factsheet 7: Guide to Child Protection 

This factsheet provides coordinators with assistance in developing policies and procedures for a program’s child protection policy. Organisations providing programs for young people have the responsibility for safeguarding their participants. Imbedding safe practices, including risk management policies into an organisation’s culture will help to prevent abuse.

Factsheet 6: Avoiding Early Match Termination

This factsheet provides coordinators with help to prevent matches terminating prematurely. Research demonstrates that the longer the mentoring relationship, the more positive outcomes for the mentee. However, if matches end in the first three months, a greater potential for harm exists. As program coordinators, it is imperative to plan, deliver and develop programs to provide the best outcomes for success; for matches to remain together for a reasonable amount of time; and in order to meet the vision for your program.

Factsheet 5: Managing Risk During the Match

This factsheet offers information regarding the process of managing risk to ensure your organisation is prepared when things go wrong. In meeting your program goals and providing a safe and secure environment for mentees and mentors it is imperative that risk is managed and understood as part of your program planning. Risk is concerned with the chance of something happening which will impact your program and organisations outcomes. Risk management is the process of limiting risk, managing potential risks and having policy and procedure in place so that if things do go wrong, damage is minimised.