Information for Referral Agents

What is a Parent Mentor?

A Parent Mentor is a member of the community who gives their time on a voluntary basis to Le Chéile.

Parent Mentors undergo a thorough recruitment procedure, including individual interview, Garda check, reference check, identification check and all Parent Mentors are required to attend an intensive training course.

All parent mentors are trained as youth mentors. In addition to youth mentor training (24 hours), parent mentors attend special parent mentor training based on the evidence-based Parents Plus [http://parentsplus.ie/node/1] Adolescent Programme Mentors receive continuous ongoing training, case supervision and support throughout the match with the parent.

Common Barriers and Solutions to Parents Taking Part

The parent does not have the time: when the parent and mentor meet is totally up to them, the mentor works around the needs of the mentee.

The parent does not have the transport: the co-ordinator will look for solutions to transport and travel issues. Mentoring expenses are available for re-imbursement.

Lack of Childcare: Le Chéile can fund childcare expenses. The co-ordinator will discuss this with the parent where there is a need.

Complex family issues: mentoring can work effectively even in chaotic situations, providing much needed support to parents.

Referral Procedure

With the permission of the parent, pass the parent’s number to you local co-ordinator, they will contact and meet the parent to explain the project and what is involved.

For a referral form, please contact the co-ordinator in your region. Please click here for a list of co-ordinators.

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