Here you will find resources and tools to support you with mentoring in your organisation.
Mentoring can be an effective way of:
- supporting individuals to embark on the kind of self-directed learning used in Step into Leadership
- improving an individual's leadership skills
- providing opportunities for reflection and development.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and partners have produced guidance which can be used by employers, managers and staff who work in social services
to develop and support mentoring in the workplace.
SSSC leadership events were held in 2014 and explored how to use mentoring to enhance leadership at all levels. These events were very useful and there was a clear demand to
develop mentoring across the sector. Read a summary of the events here.
We are working in partnership with colleagues from other sectors to look at ways of developing mentoring across public services. If you are involved in a mentoring network as a mentor
or mentee, we would like to hear your experiences and practice examples. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentoring web resources
- The European Mentoring and Coaching Council
The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) exists to develop, promote and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe and beyond.
EMCC is a recognised brand in mentoring and regulates and accredits mentors and mentoring programmes.
- The Scottish Mentoring Network
The Scottish Mentoring Network provides information and advice on running effective mentoring projects in Scotland. Their extensive library provides free resources to support
a range of mentoring approaches.
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have produced a range of free and easily accessible resources to support a range of mentoring approaches.
- The International Mentoring Association
The International Mentoring Association (IMA) promotes individual and organisational development through mentoring best practices in public and private institutions,
businesses and industry. This diverse and dynamic worldwide organisation unites a broad cross-section of hundreds of individuals interested in the theory and practice of
- The Mentor Guidance Pack
The Mentor Guidance Pack provides guidance to individuals acting as mentors as part of a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process for social services staff. The RPL Resource Pack
contains guidance and resources to support the mentors and learners.
- Coaching and Mentoring Mapping Project
This report documents the findings and the research by the Scottish Social Services Learning Network, Tayforth, into the extent and nature of the use of coaching and mentoring within
social service organisations in the area. It describes the models being used for coaching and mentoring, how it is implemented within organisations and the extent to which coaching
and mentoring models are integrated within workforce planning and development.
- Coaching and Mentoring Resource Guide
This guide signposts some resource materials relevant to coaching and mentoring in social service organisations. It provides relevant 'starter' information for organisations who
wish to start using coaching or mentoring, or to further develop existing practice.
- Work-based Mentoring
This Scottish Government report considers the role of workbased mentoring in developing the skills and employability of young people.
Social Services Knowledge Scotland
The Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) website provides a range of mentoring resources including journals and books.
- Mentoring for Leading Quality
The NHS Quality Improvement hub provides an extensive range of resources for NHS Scotland and partner organisations.
Examples from Practice
Here is an example from Angus Council.
"Off-line help from one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking."
Meggison and Clutterbuck, 1995
"A mentor in Childhood Practice successfully develops a professional and challenging relationship to empower their mentee to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities enabling them, irrespective of their workplace, to be confident and
effective contributors within the sector."
The Coalition of Umbrella Organisations, cited in Guidance for Mentoring in Childhood Practice, 2010