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So you want to be a mentor and make the difference to children's lives?


You are good with children and want to make the difference in their lives.  Maybe you have experience of a child who struggles with their emotions or social skills.  Maybe you are thinking about a new career or developing your skills.


So, here's how you become a mentor to work (or volunteer) with children and young people, gain a nationally recognised qualification and how you use this to get a job.


  • Decide which age range you feel most comfortable with, we refer to under 12s as Children and 11-18s as Young People and 16-24 as Young Adults.  Think about any experiences you may have had to help you with this.

  • Make sure you are mentally ready to be able to help guide and mentor children with their problems.  You will not be able to solve every problem for a child and mentoring takes a lot of practice in teaching them the skills to help them solve their own problems.  These skills are taught on the National Mentor Qualification courses.


  • There are three Mentor Qualifications:

    • Children's Mentor Qualfication for those wanting to help under 11s with social, emotional and mental health problems;

    • Young Person's Mentor Qualification for those wanting to help address social, emotional and mental health problems in school or colleges with 11-20 year olds;

    • International Mentoring Qualification, for those wanting to help inspire and motivate teenagers or adults.

  • The courses are three days long with 17 modules, followed by an assignment to gain the award.

  • This qualification can be used as prior learning for some courses at Edge Hill University.

  • The courses are suitable for those who already work in roles or those seeking employment.


  • Decide if you'd like to find a role first or undertake the training.

  • Training can be undertaken by Distance Learning by going here:

  • Or by attending a course:

  • If you want training on being a Mentor somewhere other than in a school, send an email to to find out if we are running any other courses that would be suitable.

  • Attend the three days training (or complete the course online).

  • Complete the follow up assignment and submit it for marking.

  • We will mark your assignment and send you your certificate.


Your CV will have a great qualification to help your current role or to apply for jobs in schools or other settings that make the difference to children and young people.

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