Lindsey Grenet, Peer Support Australia: Promoting Positive Connections Through the Peer Support Program


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Lindsey Grenet, Education Consultant, Peer Support Australia delivered this presentation at the 2014 Child Online Safety & Protection conference in Sydney. The need to protect children online is at the forefront of parents and teachers minds. The prevalence and use of social media tools is rising and with it comes a wide range of issues which have the potential to impact our future generations.

The Inaugural Child Online Safety & Protection Conference focused on policies, programs and practices for protecting children’s privacy rights and ensuring their safety online. For more information about the event, please visit the conference website:

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Lindsey Grenet, Peer Support Australia: Promoting Positive Connections Through the Peer Support Program

  1. 1. Promoting Positive Connections through the Peer Support Program Lindsey Grenet, Education Consultant Peer Support Australia
  2. 2. Peer Relations “Children’s peer relations are important not only because they can and do bring happiness or misery to particular children but also because they help to set the pattern of interaction between adults in years to come, and have far reaching implications for the healthy functioning of men and women and families.” Ken Rigby University of South Australia 2014 2
  3. 3. Mission provides school communities with an evidence based, peer led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. 2014 3
  4. 4. Peer Support Program • peer led • authentic leadership opportunities • skills based, experiential learning program • holistic approach to education 2014 4
  5. 5. Outcomes • building positive relationships • developing skills • enhancing mental health • taking personal responsibility • fostering lifelong learning • developing key concepts • encouraging participation 2014 5
  6. 6. Indicators for Mental Health • being connected • feeling cared for and supported by adults • having a sense of belonging and worth • knowing how to think optimistically • being resilient • displaying social skills • having a positive family-school link 2014 • being emotionally literate 6
  7. 7. Key Concepts 2014 7
  8. 8. Focus Areas • Orientation/Transition • Resilience • Relationships • Optimism • Values • Anti-bullying 8
  9. 9. Whole School Approach Student Welfare/Pastoral Care Anti-bullying policy Taking positive steps • Student Welfare/ Pastoral Care • Staff Welfare • Positive regard • Awareness raising • Playground • Classroom Partnerships with parents Putting procedures in place • • • • Reporting Dealing with incidents Procedures to support Recording information 9
  10. 10. Bullying Triangle people looking on As members of the school community we all have a responsibility to reduce bullying behaviours person doing the bullying person being bullied 9
  11. 11. Key Concepts • identifying bullying behaviours • identifying roles in the bullying triangle • developing strategies • encouraging reporting/intervention • taking responsibility • developing resilience • contributing to a positive school 2014 11
  12. 12. “It is the combination of cooperative experiences, constructive conflict resolution, and civic values that most effectively develop the positive relationships and pro-social behaviours that prevent the occurrence of bullying in schools.” Johnson & Johnson, 2007 2014 12
  13. 13. Contact Us Consultancy available for schools (free of charge, Sydney Metro area) • Coordinator meetings • Executive staff meetings • School staff talks