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Intandem: Mentoring Scotland’s young people

Aim

This resource supports Coordinators and Mentors to record and monitor progress achieved through the provision of a regular mentoring relationship with children and young people who are Looked After at Home.

Learning outcomes

This resource will help Coordinators and mentors understand how to:

  • Enable young people to undertake self-assessments in relation to their confidence, self-esteem and social isolation and review progress
  • Record details of changes in social relationships and review progress
  • Record objectives for each young person and monitor progress
  • Review progress with all young people provided with a mentoring relationship

Overview

Intandem is a national mentoring program funded by Scottish Government and managed by Inspiring Scotland. Intandem aims to support children and young people aged 8-14 years who are looked after at home through the provision of a regular mentoring relationship. A child or young person may become looked after at home as a consequence of the Children’s Hearing system. The panel may decide that a child or young person’s welfare is best assured by continuing to live with their parents but with support and supervision from social workers and other agencies. The outcome is a ‘supervision requirement with no condition of residence’, which is often called being looked after at home.


Young person self-assessment

Viewpoint is a communication tool specifically designed to engage and help children and young people share their views, wishes and feelings. Self-assessment questionnaires are made available to children and young people with graphical backgrounds and avatars speaking text. Each young person has a unique login to access the questionnaire and record their views. Questionnaires can be accessed again automatically after an 8 week period, and responses compared with earlier responses.


Using Viewpoint as a mentor

Viewpoint enables mentors: to support young people to undertake self-assessments in relation to their confidence, self-esteem and social isolation and review progress; to record details in relation to social relationships and review changes; to record objectives and monitor progress for each young person. Each young person has a unique login which mentors and mentees use to access these functions. Each of the three functions are explained in the resources below.


Viewpoint Administration by Coordinators

Intandem Coordinators in each charity are able to set up the logins to be used by mentors and mentees. They can also monitor the progress of individual young people and the progress of all young people being supported by their charity. This functionality is explained in the resources below.


Social Circles Evaluation

The Social Circles Evaluation Report allows each charity to compare Social Circles scores by agency and the overall data set by profile items and by date range.