Peer education pathways

There are many different ways to engage in peer education from getting to know the topic and resources, through to advanced level peer education. Follow the path and examples below to find out where you are and where to go next. 


  • How do you get started in peer education?
  • How do you advance with a group that has been trying out some peer education ideas?

Here we answer some of those important peer education questions.

The interactive diagram shows you a peer education pathway. It starts at pre-entry level and advances to full peer programme delivery.

The links show you different examples from real groups that have been working with these resources in different settings and locations. 

The important thing to remember is you don't have to be perfect, you just have to be willing to try it out.

Entry Level

Entry Level

Before embarking on any peer education programme, it is important that workers are familiar with the resources and know about the topic. This leads to first testing out the activities with your target group. 


The G20 group in Maryhill have started testing out some of the activities from the No Knives, Better Lives Peer Education Programme.

Foundation Level

Foundation Level

At this stage it is important to identify your peer education group members. It helps if they have authentic experience of the topic.

Group members can have different roles and work with you regularly or from time to time. It is important they are signed up to the purpose of peer-led delivery. 

The Hut

The Hut in Temple Shafton has a group of young people that have moved through the different age groups of youth services on offer. They have come together with local parents to form a peer education group as part of dealing with the issues young people face in the local area.

Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Now your group is developing through training and supported delivery sessions. Individuals will take on different roles such as warm up exercises, discussion topics, activities, presentations and case studies. They might also share examples from their own lives. 


FARE has a team of 'School Operatives' working in secondary schools across Glasgow. They are engaging with the No Knives, Better Lives programme so that staff can recruit and train their own peer education teams across Glasgow's schools.

Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Your group is now experienced at delivering peer education sessions and can take on more responsibility. They will be confident in facilitating activities and know the subject well. They may lead short inputs with young people or support longer, more in-depth programmes. 


Based in Wishaw, LANDED is an organisation dedicated to the peer education approach. Having trained many young people in the art of being a peer educator, they recognise that the No Knives, Better Lives programme adds a new dimension to their existing range of alcohol, drugs and sex education topics.
Find out more about LANDED

Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Young people with lived experience of knife crime are completing a course of training so that they can support young people that are at risk of getting caught up in violent crime or their lives are adversely affected by violence. They benefit from having insight into the real dangers that are faced, but more importantly they are committed to supporting other young people as part of turning their lives around.
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