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Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2nd Edition

June 2016

It is with a deep sense of gratitude and purpose, that the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network offers this new resource to all who are interested in Youth Mentoring.

The first edition, published in 2008 was a benchmark document that drew together essential knowledge for New Zealand’s emerging youth mentoring sector.

The 2nd edition has been refreshed and updated with the latest research in effective youth mentoring practice, and the new safety checking and child protection policy guidelines introduced as part of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. It offers practical advice and guidance on how best to provide high-quality mentoring in day-to-day operations. 

For practitioners it will help you: 

  • Ensure your programme has the right components in place to build successful high-quality mentoring relationships.
  • Implement effective programme practices, procedures and protocols.
  • Have adequate support in place for both mentors and the young people being mentored.
  • Identify safety-related aspects of your programme that requires further development.

 For funders and government agencies it will help:

  • Ensure a clearer understanding of what constitutes effective and safe practices for mentoring programmes.
  • Establish a level of consistency across agencies.
  • Enable agencies to determine the suitability of mentoring programmes to meet expected outcomes. 

Guide overview

The guide comprises 5 main sections and a number of supporting appendices.

Section 1 (page 9) is a brief introductory section offering a definition of youth mentoring and the relevance of Positive Youth Development theory to mentoring.

Section 2 (page 13) provides a commentary on mentoring Māori and Pasifika youth.

Section 3 (page 20) explores the mentoring relationship and focuses on outlining significant research about relationship quality, as well as highlighting some recent research that has been done in Aotearoa New Zealand with a local mentoring programme.

Section 4 (page 25) covers the four stages of programme development from design and planning to management and evaluation.

Section 5 (page 34) covers the six core elements of effective practice, which follows the lifecycle of the mentor relationship from Recruitment to Closure.

There is additional information and links to other readings at the back of the Guide. 

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NZYMN Effective Practice Guide, 2nd Edition

Or order a printed copy of the Guide - please send an A4 stamped addressed envelope to: 

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
P O Box 99726
Auckland 1149

Standard postage is $3.00