Peer Support Australia provides school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people.
Our vision is that all young people will be emotionally equipped to care for themselves and others, and make informed and skilled contributions to their communities.
Our goal is that young people who take part in the Peer Support Program will be:
• personally responsible for their own wellbeing
• able to manage their lives positively and safely
• involved in, and supported by, their community.
The Peer Support Program:
- is a peer led, skills based, experiential learning program
- empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society
- provides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing
- develops key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership
- utilises a whole school approach to support positive cultural change
- provides authentic leadership opportunities for Peer Leaders
How does the Peer Support Program work?
- Key teachers attend a one day Implementation Workshop. The Workshop provides Coordinating Teachers with all the information needed to implement and maintain an effective Peer Support Program, and confidently train their Peer Leaders.
- Teachers facilitate 2 days of Peer Leaders’ Training with their Peer Leaders at school. In primary schools, trained Year 6 Peer Leaders facilitate sessions with multi-aged groups of about 8-10 students from Kindergarten to Year 5.
- In secondary schools, trained Year 10 Peer Leaders facilitate sessions with groups of 8-10 younger students from the entry year group.
- Peer Leaders facilitate sessions from one of the 8 session modules.
- Supervising Teachers provide support to the Peer Leaders through training, briefing, debriefing and supervision during the sessions.
How does the Peer Support Program support other initiatives?
- Outcomes of the Peer Support Program have links to curriculum areas, especially Health and Physical Education, English and History.
- Supports the development of General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum.
- Enhances complementary initiatives such as student welfare, pastoral care, MindMatters, KidsMatter, National Safe Schools Framework, National Framework for Values Education, buddy programs and anti-bullying.
- Contributes towards the development of positive school culture.
- Emphasises the adoption of a whole school approach to include teachers, parents and students.