With evidence supplied by young people, adults and organisations, findings included half of young respondents being interested in becoming a peer supporter.

In addition:

  • Children and young people said that successful peer support programmes should be flexible and appropriate to the circumstances and users. 69% said the most important feature is that peer supporters are friendly and approachable, followed by 50% who felt they should be trained and knowledgeable. 
  • Adults said that to translate good peer support practice into support for mental health and emotional wellbeing, programmes should ensure effective training, understanding of safeguarding issues, strong support and supervision structures, clear boundaries and partnership working. 

Successful programmes are clearly planned but with a flexible approach that adapts to lessons learnt. They should be fully integrated throughout the setting, well publicised with effective leadership. Peer supporters should be well trained and supported
(From Children England newsletter, April)