Making The Case (Archived)
This document makes the case for a more systematic and unified mentoring community to help reduce youth crime and prevent re-offending.
As the prison population of 16-25 year olds has risen by more than a third during the past decade, one-to-one support makes sense. For young offenders, it provides positive role models they can grow to trust and believe in; for mentors, the positive impact on young people’s lives provides a real sense of worth, while for society at large it is one way of helping to reduce offending.
Mentoring is not something that professionals are trying to impose on young people; it is something that is welcomed and sought after. A Prince’s Trust survey found that 65% of young offenders under the age of 25 said that having the support of a mentor would help them to stop re-offending; 71% said they would like a mentor who is a former offender and 85% said that starting mentoring whilst in custody would be welcome.
We anticipate that this report will build on the work already done in this field by giving added momentum to embed mentoring into the rehabilitation of young offenders throughout the country.