- Funding awarded: £959,097
- Duration of programme: 5 years
- Number of beneficiaries: 200
- Replication areas (England): Enfield and Waltham Forest
- Partners: Schools, local authorities, Police, CAMHS and voluntary agencies in both Enfield and Waltham Forest
Intervention: Early Intervention Mentoring
Chance UK has developed a solution-focused child mentoring model through working with 5 to 11-year-olds with behavioural difficulties in London.
Primary school children with conduct problems are provided with weekly two to four-hour solution-focused after-school or weekend meetings with a trained adult volunteer mentor. During sessions, often in parks or sports centres, mentors help children work towards specified personal goals, and consider and try out more effective responses to difficulties.
After the ‘engagement period’, when trust and friendship are built, goals are set for the year, including at least one behavioural goal, one educational goal and one new skill. Mentors, trained in solution-focused techniques, use them to help children work towards and achieve their goals, and to support the development of the personal and social skills crucial for dealing with frustration and conflict and preventing difficulties both now and as the child grows older.
Delivery organisation: Chance UK
Chance UK provides mentoring programmes for children aged 5 to 11-years-old with behavioural difficulties.