5 Core Principles of Peer Support

Video. 3 minutes. Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, August 2019.


This short video provides a brief overview to set up and run peer groups for children and young people.


5 principles, tips, best practices, additional links

Recommended Audience

leaders of children and youth; anyone wanting to develop peer support groups



Practical Applications

  • Learn how to develop peer groups by sharing with children’ s ministers and volunteers.
  • Improve an existing youth peer group by using these principles.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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