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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

About the course

Course Overview

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 will Benefit from the Course

This course is ideal for learners who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of children and young people’s mental health. This qualification supports progression onto further mental health qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care or education sector.

Learning Method

Studying via distance learning means you can choose when and where you study. We ensure you get all the support you need throughout your course in the form of a personal tutor and a learner support advisor.

This Course is Available:

The course is 100% online and on demand. Each unit has a deadline but learners can complete the programme at any time before this deadline at a time that fits around existing commitments. Learners must have access to a laptop, computer or tablet (phones cannot be used) and have internet access.

This course can be enrolled on any time between October 2021 and April 2022.

What you will Learn

This course is split into five manageable 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.


• Gain a nationally recognised qualification

• Establish a long-standing career pathway within the health and social care sector

• Courses are delivered as distance learning, allowing you to choose when and where to study

• Study will enhance both your personal skills and professional development


This course is FREE as long as students meet the below criteria. We will also need proof of earnings OR benefits. If you are employed please can you email in copies of the past 3 months or payslips or a P60. If you are self employed your most recent set of verified accounts or an SA302 or a contract showing your income amount. If you are unemployed and claiming Universal Credit then please provide evidence of this through a statement or official benefit letter. These will be checked by the college and held securely.

  • Funding Criteria

    * Eligible to live and work in the UK (or a refugee)

    * 19+

    * Not a prisoner or on remand

    * Not studying on a further or higher education course or a traineeship or an apprenticeship.

    Entry Criteria

    Learners are expected to be IT literate

    All applicants will be asked to take an online English assessment prior to enrolment.

    Learners should be able to commit sufficient time to complete the course. it will take people differing amounts of time to complete this course however the published course hours are 120.


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