What do you think about Peer Mentoring?

The Department for Education has sent out a call for evidence asking for views from young people and staff about their expereinces of Peer Mentoring.

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Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to seek your help over publicising a call for evidence that the Department for Education has recently launched to ask children and young people what they think about peer support/mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing. We want as many children and young people as possible to take part in the call for evidence, so we have a really good picture of what they want from peer support in this area. The call for evidence is available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/83F20/. We’re also putting flash polls on our Twitter page @educationgovuk every week for four weeks. The call for evidence closes on 24 March.

We have also put together a 20 to 30 minute session plan for teachers, youth workers and other professionals to use to get children and young people talking about peer support. The session encourages children and young people to think about what makes a good peer support programme, and to either complete the call for evidence or tweet us with their ideas.

To help us reach as many children and young people as possible we’re asking charities and other organisations to share the call for evidence with the children and young people they work with and publicise it through social media. It would also be great if you could circulate the session plan to professionals who may be interested if it is possible for your organisation to do so. The session plan can be accessed at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/peer-support-session-plan-11227978.

There is also a call for evidence for professionals and parents, at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-peer-support. We would value your views.

Peer support can be a variety of things – from helping a friend to discuss their problems, through buddying and befriending schemes, to 1:1 and group support sessions. It can happen face to face or be online. It’s about promoting emotional wellbeing as much as supporting those with problems. The responses from the call for evidence will be used to help develop models for peer support.

The email address for any queries about the call for evidence is: PeerSupport.consultation@education.gsi.gov.uk.

Thank you

Mental Health Team

Department for Education
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