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Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Certificate Level 2 (Online)

In Brief

Start Date /

This course can be started at any time throughout the academic year and is expected to take between 6-8 weeks to complete.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 19 or above.

You will achieve

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

Course overview

10% of children and young people (5-18 years of age) in the UK have a clinically diagnosed mental health problem, however 70% who experience mental health problems do not receive the support they require. The purpose of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health.

 This course will allow you to develop your knowledge at your own pace, and in your own home. This qualification aims to equip you with a more detailed understanding of mental health conditions that affect children and young people, the legislation and guidance surrounding mental health, risk factors that may affect mental well-being and the impact that mental health concerns may have on young people and others.

Course content

This course is available in online format, making the course flexible and easy for you. A tutor is assigned to you, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.

The aim of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health.

By completing the qualification, you will develop knowledge of mental health in children and young people which would support progression onto further qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care or education sectors.

Course Units

Unit 1: Understand children and young people’s mental health in context

In this unit, you will learn about the concept of mental health and how society’s view of mental health has changed over time. You will also learn about the legislation in place to support children and young people’s mental health.

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

This unit will cover the risk factors that can affect children and young people’s mental health and how these can be mitigated. You will also look at how developmental changes and puberty can impact children and young people.

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

This unit will look at the behaviours displayed by children and young people that may indicate a mental health concern. You will look in more detail at common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

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

In this unit, you will investigate the impact of mental health concerns on children, young people and others. You will look at the importance of diagnosis and the reasons why there may be a reluctance to seek a diagnosis.

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

In this fifth and final unit, you will explore person-centred approaches to supporting children and young people with mental health concerns, how to promote mental well-being in children and young people, and the services and treatment involved with children and young people’s mental health.

Units are assessed by online; reflective reviews or short answer questions.

You will require the use of a laptop or PC with internet connection.

You will study at home. There is no College attendance required.

Those who achieve this qualification could progress onto:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning

How much does the course cost?

This course is fully-funded to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria as follows: Candidates must be aged 19 or over on 1 August 2019 If you live in one of the areas listed below, this course will be free! Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster or Sheffield Candidates age 19-23 must already hold a full Level 2 qualification Candidates must have lived within the EU for the last 3 years Not enrolled onto any other course and must not have completed their chosen course previously If the student meets the eligibility criteria these distance learning courses will be provided FREE OF CHARGE within the following guidelines: – You must complete their training successfully within the agreed time scales which will be set at time of induction. Where work is not completed by the expected end date or the candidate withdraws from the course a standard £125 fee per person will be payable by the person undertaking the training.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

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Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Certificate Level 2 (Online)

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