Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
One in ten children have a diagnosable mental health condition, and 75% of mental health problems have begun by the age of 24. Mental ill health can affect a young person in every area of their life, including family, school, friendships, the workplace and the wider world. Mental ill health can be worsened by negative stereotypes and stigma from the media who portray mental illness as shameful and dangerous. This course will equip learners with a detailed understanding of mental health conditions including depression and anxiety, the legislation and guidance surrounding mental health, risk factors that may affect mental well-being and how to build resilience against these, and the impact mental health concerns may have on young people and others.
Who is the course suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of children and young people’s mental health. They may currently be working with, or intending to work with, children and young people or anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of these age groups.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of three modules:
Module A: Understand children and young people’s mental health in context. Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health.
Module B: Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns. Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns.
Module C: Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns.
Having completed this course, learners may wish to consider further study in Childcare or Working with Young People.