Reporter 412, 15 December 1997

Young shoulders to lean on

44 children are being trained to listen to the worries of younger pupils in what is believed to be the first primary school ‘peer support’ scheme in Europe. The idea is to give younger children a sympathetic hearing if they are worried about bullying, school work, strangers or other problems. Ten and 11-year-olds from four Leeds primary schools were taught the importance of making eye contact and listening attentively during a session devised by the University’s Careers Counselling Development Unit Training Research and Consultancy Group.

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