Kids Hope Australia

KIDS HOPE AUS is an early intervention, school-based mentoring program that has been operating in Australia since 2004. The program aims to develop emotional and social resilience in children, and so enhance their capacity to learn. The model is built on a long-term partnership between a local school and a local church. Our mentors are carefully screened and trained to mentor a child in Helensburgh and Waterfall Primary Schools.
KIDS HOPE AUS is registered as a ‘Quality Assured Program’ with the Australian Youth Mentoring Network, and it meets or exceeds the national mentoring benchmarks. An evaluation by Griffith University concluded that “KIDS HOPE AUS is reliable and easily implemented – the clear program of choice for many schools. It is valued by parents and, most importantly, it is making a difference to child wellbeing.”

Training Process of Mentors

KIDS HOPE AUS provides comprehensive, compulsory training for all program coordinators and mentors. Training topics include child protection policies and guidelines, understanding children’s needs, confidentiality and ages and stages in child development. Ongoing training and support is also provided for coordinators and mentors. All mentors are trained to respect the secular nature of education. There is to be no religious content during the mentoring hour. The focus is purely on the social and emotional development of the child through the mentoring relationship.

Screening Process of Mentors

Mentors must undergo the State legislated checks for working with children. They also complete a comprehensive application booklet, attend an interview and provide two references. The church leadership must also provide personal character references for each mentor.