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What could be done to support pupils who are being bullied?

One way of supporting children who are being bullied is peer support. This is when pupils are trained to help younger or vulnerable children cope with problems such as bullying. When over 2,000 pupils in Britain were asked about peer support schemes in their schools, many of the bullying victims said that it had made a difference and had helped them to survive. However, it was found that the schemes did not seem to reduce bullying in the schools. Some of the most common types of peer support include: conflict resolution (where peer supporters help younger or vulnerable pupils to work through school problems such as bullying and racist name-calling); mentoring (where a pupil who is usually older, provides another with a positive role model, encouragement and support); befriending (where peers offer their friendship) and counselling (with peer supporters receiving training from a qualified adult).
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Article details

P Naylor and H Cowie (1999) 'The Effectiveness of Peer Support Systems in Challenging School Bullying: the perspectives and experiences of teachers and pupils' in 'Journal of Adolescence', Volume 22, pages 467-479.
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Author details

Helen CowieHelen Cowie is research professor in the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. She is also director of the UK Observatory for the Promotion of Non-Violence and Co-ordinator of Violence in Schools Training Action (VISTA). She has published many books and papers on peer relationships and support, bullying in schools and in the workplace and the mental health of children and young people.

For information about her research interests and her publications please go here. She may be contacted by email.

Paul NaylorPaul Naylor is Senior Research Fellow/Programme Convenor Certificate in Peer Support at Roehampton University of Surrey. His publications and research interests cover a range of topics including: peer support, bullying, racism and social psychology.

For information about his publications and research go here.
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