Peer Support in Schools

Anti-Bullying Network


Peer Support in Schools
A handbook to aid the development of peer support systems in primary, secondary and special schools

This important new resource aims to help schools develop peer support schemes, which Andrew Mellor, the Network's Manager, believes should be a key element in any approach to bullying.

He says:

"Research into the causes of bullying suggests that peer pressure can sometimes turn a group of normally decent, caring young people into a callous mob. But peer pressure does not have to be negative. Schools across the country are developing peer support schemes which harness the latent goodwill and social skills of young people. The schemes have various names such as "buddying", "peer mentoring" or "group support", but the successful ones all have a number of things in common: they have the whole-hearted support of all sections of the school community, volunteer supporters are given high quality training and they are also given the opportunity to engage in enjoyable, relationship-building activities with the young people they hope to support".

Single copies of this publication cost £12. For payment details and more information about ordering multiple copies, please email us or purchase online here.


A 38 page guide to peer support in schools:

  • types of peer support
  • starting points
  • choosing a strategy
  • case studies throughout
  • references and resources