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Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.


Research has identified many advantages of joint working between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and schools and such work enables access to children who may not normally be reached. The Mental Health Foundation (Pettitt. 2003) found that school staff reported an increase in children's happiness, wellbeing and behaviour and some workers reported links to improved academic attainment.

Research also suggests that young people, predominantly girls, experience a decline in self-esteem as they enter their adolescent years (Bower, 2004). During adolescence, girls show a decline in instrumental characteristics (less assertive, less self-confident and have lower expectations regarding their ability to control important events), which leads them to feel less confident in their ability to solve problems. It is these attributes which have been shown to ...

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