Professional development in arts and criminal justice settings: National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice mentoring scheme

Following a pilot scheme which ran from 2013 - 2014, we have rolled out our professional mentoring programme to expand opportunities for our members to develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one to one mentoring relationship. Expert mentors working in the arts and criminal justice sector will provide a minimum of four meetings or telephone conversations over a six month period to their mentee. The mentors will provide a range of support about using arts within the criminal justice system, such as:

  • Professional guidance
  • Networking opportunities
  • Ideas for direction of travel
  • Advice on training and professional development
  • Information on relevant events
  • Management skills
  • Advice on running arts projects/programmes and organisations

For more information on the mentoring scheme, please contact Kate Davey by emailing

Supporting documents:

The Mentoring & Befriending Foundation toolkit and expert advice was used to develop this scheme.

What mentees have said:

"My mentor has been a fantastic support, very energetic. She has taken the time to answer all of my questions and has given me some excellent suggestions whilst keeping everything realistic."

"My mentor has given me plenty of ideas concerning funding. She also set me up with her colleagues for a more detailed discussion which included strategy and sources."

What mentors have said:

"It is rewarding for me to meet and talk to someone with such energy and passion in what she does. I have wondered how to help her as she has huge experience already in so many areas. I continue to realise that being able to listen while someone 'thinks outside their brain' is very valuable." 

If you have any questions about the professional mentoring scheme, please contact Kate Davey by emailing or calling 020 7383 0966 (Wednesdays and Thursdays).