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Delivering Mentoring Services in the Criminal Justice System

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The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) was one of three change funds created by the Scottish Government in 2012 to help drive a decisive shift towards preventative spending. RRCF funding was allocated to six Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) – strategic partnerships between third sector and public sector organisations. The PSPs delivered throughcare and mentoring support for short-term prisoners and young people involved in the criminal justice system between 2013 and 2017.

This summary draws together common and key learning across eight evaluations of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund. The audiences for this learning are those who are already familiar with the PSP model and mentoring services. Messages are structured against:

  • The mentoring journey
         o beginning the mentoring relationship
         o in custody and pre-liberation
         o in the community
         o ending the mentoring relationship
  • Mentoring for whom?
  • Mentors
  • Organisational environment and structures

The summary ends with an outline of the evidence for mentoring, including the outcomes identified in the RRCF national evaluation and evidence from existing studies as summarised in What Works to Reduce Reoffending: A Summary of the Evidence by Scottish Government in 2015.


Delivering_mentoring_services__a_summary_of_learning_from_PSP_evaluations__April_2017 (pdf - 551 KB)