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Published, 18 January 2017

CELCIS response to mentoring of Glasgow’s young people

Today (Wednesday 18 January) Glasgow City Council has announced an ambitious commitment to attract at least 10% of the council's workforce to a pioneering mentoring project, with the aim of improving the lives of thousands of Glasgow's young people.

The project is the result of a partnership with MCR Pathways.

CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) at the University of Strathclyde, has been pleased to support the launch of the MCR Mentoring Programme during its inception phase.

Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director at CELCIS, comments:

"It's well known that for many looked after children in Scotland, particularly those who have care support at home, their educational attainment can be low. This is a huge concern to all of us because it can impact on the rest of their lives.

"There is tremendous opportunity here to provide the much needed stability, and routes to better educational outcomes as required by many young people. Although the most recent government figures show education outcomes for looked after children have improved, there are still large gaps compared to other young people.

"Glasgow is showing a fantastic commitment to making real and lasting differences to the lives of some of Scotland's most vulnerable young people, through this initiative."

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Notes to Editors

Media enquiries:

Mike Findlay, CELCIS Communications Manager
T: 0141 444 8512
E: mike.findlay@strath.ac.uk

CELCIS, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, is committed to making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of Scotland's children living in and on the edges of care. Taking a multi-agency, collaborative approach towards making lasting change, CELCIS works alongside leaders, managers and practitioners to break down barriers and forge new paths in order to change thinking and ways of working with everyone whose work touches the lives of vulnerable children and families.

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University of Strathclyde, Curran Building, Level 6
94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500
celcis@strath.ac.uk

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