Peer Support for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Programme

Providing expert training and resources to staff in schools, colleges and children and young people’s community organisations to develop a peer mentoring programme supporting mental health and wellbeing.

This national Department for Education (DfE) funded programme is an exciting opportunity to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in your school, college or children and young people's community organisation (CYPCO). By taking part you will be provided with evidence informed training and resources to successfully refine or develop a peer mentoring programme which will support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in your setting.

Schools, colleges and CYCOs will receive £3500 to support their participation in the programme which can be used to backfill staff time, pay for travel or other costs associated with the programme.

The programme consists of two-days of training where staff can explore any existing peer support they have in place at their setting or would like to implement. The training workshops will give staff an opportunity to develop a programme based on evidence informed peer support principles. Attendees will leave ready to establish or refine their own effective peer support in their setting.

The workshops and supporting toolkit will be based on 5 key principles:

  • Building a project appropriate for environment and developmental stage
  • Involving the right people
  • Relationships and trust
  • Young people ownership
  • Keeping safe and establishing boundaries

The workshops will be co-delivered by expert trainers and young people who have previously experienced peer support.

The programme will be externally evaluated by Ecorys We will work with Ecorys to ensure that organisations receive individualised reports which demonstrate both quantitatively and qualitatively the impact their local project is having on young people’s emotional and educational outcomes. Evidence and impact will be shared nationally, making a real difference to support the MH and wellbeing of children and young people.

Please note - We are now welcoming expressions of interest from children and young people's community groups in the West Midlands area only. The deadline for schools and colleges to express their interest has now passed.

To apply to take part in the programme please download and complete the expression of interest form by clicking below.

Download - CYPCOs expression of interest form.

CYPCOs will be considered on an individual basis taking each setting's main activities into account to ensure there is  minimal burden on resources and capacity. We will work with each setting to ensure they are supported throughout the programme.

For more information please refer to the CYPCOs FAQ document - download.

You can also email with the subject line, Peer Support Programme: Query.

Please note – this is not an academic support programme aimed at raising attainment. This programme is about peer support for mental health and emotional wellbeing.