In recent years increasing attention has been paid to issues of social exclusion and the problematic transition from youthful dependence to adult independence. Often this has had severe consequences, ranging from under achievement and disruptive behaviour in school, through the misuse of alcohol and drugs, to serious or persistent offending. Seeking to address these issues has become a major focus of public policy and a variety of forms of intervention with disaffected youth have been set up.
One of the most talked about forms of intervention with disaffected youth has been 'mentoring'. This book, based on a large-scale research study, examines the lives of a large group of 'disaffected' young people, and considers the impact that involvement in a mentoring programme had on them. In doing so it fills a large gap, providing empirical evidence on the effectiveness of mentoring programmes, providing at the same time a vivid insight into the nature of such disaffection, the realities of contemporary social exclusion among young people and the experience and outcome of mentoring.
'A very important and illuminating evaluation of a British mentoring programme … of great interest to all criminologists and researchers on youth problems.' - David Farrington, University of Cambridge, UK
'This is an important work, one whose dual focus (programme and evaluation) will no doubt resonate with practitioners and Criminologists alike.' - Bryan Hogeveen, University of Alberta, Canada
1. Introduction 2. Youth disaffection 3. Youth transitions and the meaning of disaffection 4. Young people and mentoring 5. Mentoring plus 6. Mentoring plus and youthful exclusion 7. Mentoring in practice 8. Impact of the programme 9. Understanding change 10. Conclusion: youth disaffection, mentoring and social inclusion