A Mentor helps the Mentee to weigh up situations through a process of reflection, questions, challenge and feedback allowing the Mentee to come to a decision themselves.

Code of Conduct

  • The Mentor’s role is to respond to the Mentees needs and agenda; it is not to impose their own agenda.
  • Mentors will be aware of, and adhere to any current legislation relating to activities undertaken as part of the mentoring service.
  • The Mentee should be made aware of their rights and any complaints procedure
  • Mentors and Mentees will respect each other’s time and other responsibilities, ensuring they do not impose beyond what is reasonable.
  • The Mentor will ensure the Mentee accepts increasing responsibility for managing the relationship.
  • The Mentor will not intrude into areas the Mentee wishes to keep private until invited to do so. They should however help the Mentee to recognise how other issues may relate to these areas.
  • Mentors will share the responsibility for the smooth winding down of the relationship with the Mentee once it has achieved its purpose. They must avoid creating dependency.
  • The mentoring relationship should not be exploitative in any way, neither may it be open to misinterpretation.
  • Mentors should never work beyond the bounds of their capability, experience and expertise. Where appropriate Mentors should seek advice or refer Mentees to another point of contact or enterprise support professional.
  • Mentors have a responsibility to highlight any ethical issues, such as conflicts of interest, that may arise during a mentoring relationship at the earliest opportunity.
  • Mentors may not use the mentoring relationship, within the terms of the Cornerstone mentoring agreement, for personal financial gain. If Mentor and Mentee wish to enter into a commercial arrangement they must first terminate the Cornerstone mentoring agreement
  • Mentors should not attempt to do the Mentee’s job for them.
  • Mentors will maintain their professional competence through continuous professional developmentand through participation in Cornerstone training.