Peer mediation involves a mediator that resembles those involved in the dispute in some significant way, such as being of similar age, or gender, attending the same school, or having a similar status within a business.
There is evidence that peers can relate better to disputants and may be better equipped to assist in supporting them to resolve disputes. In some cases, the immediate availability of peer mediation indicates a significant and persistent reduction in levels of conflict.
At adjust we recognise the importance of peer mediators in a range of settings, but particularly in schools and other youth contexts. We deliver training and support to establish and foster peer mediator programmes, and are happy to discuss the potential for such a scheme with clients.