Peer support

The University of Bedfordshire has published new research funded by the NSPCC and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which looks at peer support and relationships after sexual abuse experienced in adolescence. The study included workshops and interviews with 32 13- to 21-year-olds in the UK. It found that peer support: provides a safe and accessible source of support; facilitates access to professional support; offers relaxation and distraction; and can be a source of solidarity when talking to peers with similar experiences.

Read the study: ‘Letting you share when you need to share’: navigating the potential and precarity of friends and peers for UK young people after sexual abuse in adolescence

Source: University of Bedfordshire, Association of Young People’s Health, NSPCC, ESRC

Date: 26 January 2023

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