This report summarises evidence from more than 1000 studies of peer support. It sets out what peer support is, who is involved, the different types of support that can be offered, ways it can be provided, where it might be made available and when it might be offered. It sets out the evidence for the effectiveness of different kinds of peer support in relation to people's experience and emotions, changes in behaviour and health outcomes and changes in service usage and cost.
This toolkit sets out the definition of peer support, evidence for the effectiveness of peer support in supporting people with mental health problems, its underpinning principles, and some models for providing it.
This guide is written for decision makers within councils and their partners (e.g. voluntary and community sector organisations involved in care and support planning) to help them better understand the requirements of the Care Act inrelation to Care and Support Planning for adults and carers. Although it is primarily intended for local authorities, it provides up-to-date knowledge on the process and an important insight into the overlap and integration needed between health and social care.