The need for this peer leadership training with a group of selected survivors is intimately connected with the idea of restorative care. This is needed to ensure enhanced survivor participation in care planning and need-based advocacy with duty bearers and service providers at different levels. The need for such a training had also emerged as an action point during the first part of the initial workshop with social workers. With a view to facilitating adult-youth partnership crucial to the success of the restorative care approach, social workers were also invited to participate in the peer leadership trainings. With survivors and their caregivers as joint participants, these were carried out in three phases following participatory workshop methodologies
Since these trainings have been assessed through an external evaluation (Banerjee, May 2014), relevant excerpts from that report are presented below to highlight the extent to which this capacity building initiative has been able to achieve its stated goals.