Being there: young people supporting their friends through tough times

Benjamin Hanckel*, Tom Riley, Stephanie Vasiliou, Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath, Dolan Dolan, Amelia Henry

*Corresponding author for this work

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This report documents one of the largest mixed methods studies to date examining informal help support provided by young people to their friends. We report on national survey data (n=169), as well as focus group data with 34 young people aged 16 - 25 who provide support to their friends. Specifically, the study examines the experiences of friends who support friends through tough times by focusing on how they perform this support, what resources young supporters use and have access to, what constrains this support and what they might need to enable the support they provide to their friends and peers. Our findings show the critical work young people are doing as supporters and documents the careful personalised support they offer their friends. Following sector consultations and discussions with young people, we offer key recommendations to ensure young people are resourced and supported in their care practices.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherWestern Sydney University
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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