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Involve Indigenous parents

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Involvement of parents/carers in the mentoring relationship can help improve parent-child relationships (Ware, 2013). 

Parents should be provided with additional mentoring and training. This can help improve parent skills and familial relationships. Training and support for parents can also reduce stress levels in their lives and improve daily functioning. This can, in turn, positively impact their children. 

Involving parents in the mentoring relationship can also support parents to reinforce messages for the young person (e.g. attending school). 

How can it be implemented?

Involving parents in the mentoring process can be conducted a number of different ways. The mentor can:

  • Build a relationship between themselves and the parents
  • Offer parents access to a range of other complementary programs
  • Provide parents with support and training (e.g. parenting skills)
  • Involve parents in the mentoring relationship with their child

What should I consider when working with Aboriginal people and communities?

As above.

Who is the target group?

Aboriginal youth at-risk 

What else should I consider?

This activity came out of consultation with stakeholders and an additional search for evidence relevant to Aboriginal young people.

Last updated:

25 Nov 2022

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