Selecting Mentors

Selecting Mentors

When men apply to be a Big Buddy, we begin a process called ‘screening.’ This is a proven method of investigating all facets of the character, personality traits and history of the applicant. We do this to ensure that potential mentors are choosing the right path for them, the Little Buddies and all the family members involved.

Mentor Selection Process

Time and again, Big Buddies tell us they're pleased to be part of a community of men who have been so thoroughly considered. Applicants are vetted by members of our staff and the specialist parties we work with to ensure the safety and happiness of the boys we serve.

While Big Buddy embraces the philosophy that most people have an inherently good nature, we’re not prepared to take even the smallest risks with the safety and well-being of children.

Potential mentors only become Big Buddies once they’ve passed through our sophisticated, benchmark screening process. Developed over a number of years, this system provides assurance for our entire community:  mothers, sons, mentors, sponsors, funders, donors, and the team here at Big Buddy.

Here’s how it works:

  1. We make sure you can commit to spending 2-3 hours a week with a Little Buddy. It is vital that Little Buddies can trust that you’re going to turn up when you say you will.
  2. We carefully go through the aims of the programme with you to make sure you understand what we need to achieve.
  3. If everyone is happy to proceed, you’ll fill out an application form, providing us with personal and professional character references, as well as clearance from your doctor. At the same time, we’ll do the standard police check which is mandatory for anyone involved with children in a paid or volunteer capacity.
  4. The next step is a personal interview and a psychological assessment. These words can strike fear into the hearts of the bravest men, but don’t be put off! Think of it as a personal Warrant of Fitness check-up. Just be yourself.
  5. Once the results are considered and you’re given the go-ahead, an induction training session takes place.
  6. Next, a ‘match’ is negotiated between yourself and the mother or caregiver of a Little Buddy. We take you round to the Little Buddy’s home to meet him and his mother, just so everyone can get a sense of how it might work. It’s at this stage that you’ll make your own decisions about whether that match is the ‘right one.’
  7. If you approve of the match, you’ll be officially paired with that Little Buddy and you’ll start meeting weekly.
  8. You’ll be supported with monthly phone calls and any other support you need; if a challenge arises that you’d like support with, we’re only a phone call away.
  9. We will also connect you to other Big Buddies in your area through regular mentor meetings and Big Buddy outings.

Big Buddy 360° screening process – a great WoF

Big Buddy, how we screen mentors for boys


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