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Peer Mentoring Programme

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Kidscape is a leading provider of peer mentoring to school leaders and children.

With the right support, peer mentors can support fellow pupils with emotional health and wellbeing issues including problems with schoolwork, social issues, peer pressures (e.g. to drink or smoke), family problems and tension; bullying and other typical difficulties with growing up.

"Becoming a peer mentor has helped me gain better social skills and a better understanding of people’s problems."

Why is peer mentoring important?

  • One in four people on average experience a mental health problem, with the majority of these beginning in childhood.
  • Half of adult mental health problems start before the age of fifteen and seventy five per cent before the age of eighteen.
  • Early identification and treatment is critical to preventing costly and more serious problems later in life, including unemployment, crime and substance misuse.
  • Peer mentoring can provide support to pupils who need it - those with low level emotional wellbeing difficulties, which could otherwise progress into more serious problems.

Peer mentoring programmes provide:

  • An initial point of contact from which to seek information, support and build life skills in a language that is both familiar and acceptable.
  • A listening ear and helping hand to pupils in need of support.
  • A safe and personalised approach to help young people share and explore their worries and emotions around sensitive issues they are experiencing.

Who benefits?

  • Peer mentors
  • Mentees
  • Teachers
  • The whole school community
  • Kidscape peer mentoring training

Kidscape are able to offer schools around the country a package of support and training. For more information please email training@kidscape.org.uk.

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