Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Protect and support young people’s mental health. Take a deep dive into the legislation that supports young people’s mental health and uncover strategies to promote and support their wellbeing. This course will walk you through the core concepts, behaviour patterns and support services that you need to know.

Nationally Accredited

100% free

Takes on average 5 - 10 weeks

Engaging Online Learning

Expert 1-to-1 support

Level 2 qualification

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Course Description

This qualification aims to equip you with a more detailed understanding of mental health conditions that can affect children and young people, the legislation and guidance surrounding mental health, risk factors that can affect mental well-being and the impact that mental health concerns can potentially have on young people and others.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Understand how family problems, societal pressures and developmental changes can affect a child or young person’s mental health
    • Identify situations where a child or young person’s behaviours may raise concerns about their mental health
    • Know the impacts that mental health concerns can have the lives of children and young people, as well as their families
    • Understand the importance of diagnosing mental health problems and why young people might be reluctant to seek a diagnosis
    • Take a person-centred approach to empowering children and young people and promoting their mental wellbeing

Course Length: This course can typically be completed within 5 – 10 weeks, depending on your time availability.

If you spend this much time per week… Then you’ll complete your qualification in…
24 hours 5 weeks
15 hours 8 weeks
12 hours 10 weeks
10 hours 12 weeks

We have course work submission milestones in place to ensure you’re on track to complete your qualification within a maximum 12 weeks.

Free Course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 19 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health (RQF) 

Certified Awarding Body: TQUK

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How home-based learning works

After an initial digital assessment, you will receive access to the digital course, which is full of engaging and comprehensive content such as videos, quizzes, and more. You will be paired with a qualified assessor who will provide you with ongoing, friendly support. You'll then complete an online assessment in order to receive your qualification.

Jobs that this qualification can lead to:
  • School Counsellor
  • Mental Health Worker
Course Content
  • Unit 1: Understand children and young people’s mental health

This introductory unit will explore the concept of mental health and how society’s view of mental health has changed over time. You’ll study the relationship between mental health and wellbeing, as well as the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people today. In addition, you’ll learn about the legislation in place to support the mental health of children and young people.

  • Unit 2: Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health

In this unit, you’ll learn about the risk factors that can negatively impact the mental wellbeing of children and young people, as well as how these can be mitigated. You’ll explore how puberty and development can affect mental health, understand the role of resilience, and identify ways to support at-risk children and young people.

  • Unit 3: Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns

During this unit, you’ll identify the types of behaviours that may indicate a child’s or young person’s mental health is at risk. You’ll also investigate common mental health conditions that affect children and young people, including depression, eating disorders and anxiety. In addition, you’ll learn how to identify a mental health ‘crisis’ or emergency.

  • Unit 4: Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns

Throughout this unit, you’ll examine the short-term and long-term impacts of children and young people’s mental health. You’ll identify how mental health concerns can impact children and young people’s family life and education, as well as the range of services available to support positive mental health. Additionally, you’ll explore the importance of being diagnosed and the barriers children and young people face in receiving a diagnosis.

  • Unit 5: Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns

In this final unit, you’ll learn how to take a ‘person-centred’ approach to supporting children and young people with mental health concerns. You’ll identify strategies to support those experiencing mental health concerns and promote positive mental health outcomes. Plus, you’ll learn about a range of services and treatment options involved with children and young people’s mental health.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2002
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • You have lived in the European Union for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
  • Are Unemployed and can provide evidence (Subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • If on the 31st of August 2020, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)
Our Home Learning courses take place from the comfort of your home! You can be enrolled on our courses whenever you are ready, and start when you’re ready.
Yes, the main advantage of doing our Home Learning course is that allows you to be flexible to choose the times that suits you to learn. Each course will have a planed date to complete, with plenty of time to work through the units to gain the qualification.
The amount of time that you dedicate to the course is entirely flexible. Depending on the qualification, someone dedicating 15 hours of learning a week can complete their qualification within eight weeks.
All our courses are free for those who are employed and unemployed, subject to eligibility.
You can do this online! Simply start by filling out the form on this page. The entire process to register for government funding should take about 20 - 25 minutes.
No, you don’t need to attend our training center for any of our Home Learning courses. (Note that under normal circumstances we deliver various classroom-based courses from our training centers in Croydon, Harrow and Tottenham - learn more at https://strivetraining.wpengine.com/classroom-based-courses/)
Yes, anyone who is employed or unemployed can enroll on any of our courses, subject to eligibility.
No, you can start when you are ready and enroll when you are ready.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognized certification on achievement.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
Your assessor will be available to support you through email or our messaging system and provide feedback on all your assignments you submit.
Yes, you will be provided with regular progress updates.
Yes, there are further courses that will become available in due course, we will be keeping our website updated regularly, but if you would like to be notified please email us at homelearning@strivetraining.co.uk
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
The general certification process is a minimum of 12 weeks. Due to the pandemic, the Awarding Bodies service has been impacted which can cause a delay. We are working hard to distribute all the certificates that we have received in a timely manner and we will send a text as soon as the certificates are ready. For all queries regarding certification please email us on certification@strivetraining.co.uk. When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

This registration process will confirm your eligibility to have your qualification 100% government funded. Join 50,000 other learners who have chosen to upskill with Strive Training - register now!

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