Peer mediation programs offer an alternative to traditional disciplinary practices and help us to become a safer place. The goal of peer mediation is to reduce conflict and provide children with problem-solving skills. Trained peer mediators create a safe atmosphere, allowing disputing students to tell their stories and assisting them in working out a mutually acceptable agreement. Since a solution is not forced on the pupils, the disputants feel empowered to take responsibility for their actions and to deal constructively with their immediate and future disagreements.
Peer mediators are trained pupils who are taught communication and mediation skills. Both mediators and disputants learn to communicate more effectively and solve problems without violence.