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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.


Mentoring resources

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


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 mentoring.
  • 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.
  • Work-based Mentoring This Scottish Government report considers the role of workbased mentoring in developing the skills and employability of young people.
  • Mentoring for Leading Quality The NHS Quality Improvement hub provides an extensive range of resources for NHS Scotland and partner organisations.

Examples from Practice

"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


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