This section will include best practice guidelines for developing peer-based programs. It discusses the importance of youth participation as an underlying strategy of peer-based programs, including its benefits for both young people and the organisation, as well as the different means of involving program participants. Human resources addresses the responsibilities of service providers in relation to the recruitment, training and support, and supervision of young people as peer supporters. Ethical practice aims to raise awareness of service providers of the issues that are likely to be encountered during the implementation of  a peer-based program and to provide examples and suggestions of how these can constructively be dealt with.

This section further provides information on important program factors that need to be paid attention to in order to create and maintain a safe environment for participants as well as positive group dynamics, including positive peer/group rules and norms, peer support and youth engagement. The last section focuses on program factors or features of settings which contribute to change within peer-based programs.

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