The Department for Education has recently launched a call for evidence to ask children and young people what they think about peer support/mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing. They want as many children and young people as possible to take part in the call for evidence.
The call for evidence is available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/83F20/. There are also flash polls on Twitter page @educationgovuk every week for four weeks. The call for evidence closes on 24th March.
The SEN Implementation team 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 their ideas.
To help reach as many children and young people as possible they’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. 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. Your views are needed and valued.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.