Role of peer support workers in care services for young people

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Abstract

The employment of peer support workers by mental health organisations is becoming increasingly common in the UK and internationally. The children and young people's mental health service at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust has employed seven peer support workers, including one who works with the trust's learning disability team. This article describes the experiences of the peer support worker before and after his employment, and explores the benefits this specialist role brings to clients and the value his employers place in him.

Helen Oldknow and colleagues present a personal account of a young man with a learning disability who has become a role model for service users

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