Children and young people

Online support community for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer: user statistics, evaluation. Kaal SE, Husson O, van Dartel F, Hermans K, Jansen R, Manten-Horst E, Servaes P, van de Belt TH, Engelen LJ, Prins JB, Verberne S, van der Graaf WT.

Many young Dutch people with cancer are unable to meet their peers face to face.  An online peer support community was set up to connect peer who could share and exchange their experiences.

Feasibility of Parent-to-Parent Support in Recently Diagnosed Childhood Diabetes. Channon S, Gregory JW, Grey L, Sullivan-Bolyai S. The PLUS Study. Diabetes Educator 2016;42(4):462-9.

This case study looks into how peer support can help parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes

Peer Support And Psychosocial Pain Management Strategies For Children With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus : Nabors L, Ige TJ, Fevrier B : J Immunol Res 2015;2015:238263.

This article describes peer support for children with a specific long-term condition. It gives a case study of how a programme was set up, piloted and expanded and factors that others may wish to take into account when expanding to provide peer support for children.

Peer support for breastfeeding continuation: an overview of research

This article summarises the findings of key reviews relevant to breastfeeding peer support interventions that aim to enable breastfeeding continuation in the UK. The discussion highlights findings relevant to policy makers, practitioners and representatives of voluntary agencies seeking to interpret the current evidence base and to design or deliver models of support that are effective and acceptable to mothers. It includes a summation of discussion points including on the evidence for effectiveness, design factors and what mothers want.

Peer support for breastfeeding: guidance for Scotland

This guidance about peer support for breastfeeding mothers is intended to inform professionals in Scottish Health Boards and voluntary sector agencies with responsibility for local breastfeeding support about the most up-to-date policies and evidence related to breastfeeding peer support. The resource lists evidence from systematic reviews as well as randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness of peer support. The resource looks at asset-based approaches to health improvement as well as national policy documents before providing evaluation recommendations.

Meeting the challenges of implementing process evaluation within randomized controlled trials: the example of ASSIST (a stop smoking in schools trial)

This article describes how a public health focused peer support programme in schools was evaluated in a manner seen as an alternative to a randomised control trial (RCT). Year 8 students in Wales (12-13 years old) were trained to encourage non-smoking behaviour through informal conversations with their peers. The article describes how the programme addressed some evaluation issues such as Hawthorne effects, overlapping roles within the team and distinguishing between the intervention and its evaluation.

Peer support manual: a guide to setting up a peer listening project in education settings

This manual provides tips about developing, embedding and expanding peer listening projects in educational settings. It includes case studies and numerous template handouts. The toolkit is designed to take you through a step by step process of setting up a peer listening project and therefore includes a section specifically on evaluation and monitoring of both the project and the training. There are also clear defintions of the peer support models they are using.

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