Qualification

NCFE Certificate (Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5)

Duration

135 hrs over 16 weeks

Fees

£80

Interests

  • Care

Why take this course?

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.

This qualification supports progression onto further mental health qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care or education sector.

What you will experience

  • Unit 1: Understand children and young people’s mental health in context – 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 – 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 -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 – 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: 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.