Children and Young People's Mental Health

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

Mental health problems can often be a direct response to occurrences in a young persons life. Emotional wellbeing is an important factor to a child’s mental health, therefore it is essential for those working with children and young people to have a good understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health.

Mental health problems in children can be worsened by negative stereotypes and stigma from the media who portray mental illness as shameful and dangerous.

This qualification aims to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of mental health conditions that affect children and young people, the legislation and guidance surrounding mental health, the risk factors that may affect mental wellbeing and the impact that mental health concerns may have on young people and others.

Mental health problems affect around one in ten children and young people, and 75% of mental health problems have started by the age of 24. Issues can include anxiety, depression and conduct disorder and can affect a young person in every area of their life.

Online Learning


Course Overview:

This online learning course develops learners' knowledge and skills in the area of children and young people's mental health. The successful learner will understand the factors affecting mental health and a range of common conditions experienced by children and young people.


Mandatory Units:

  • Legislation and best practice relating to children and young peoples mental health.
  • Living with childhood mental health conditions.
  • Understand causes and diagnosis of mental health concerns in children and young people.
  • Understand how to minimise the risk of mental health concerns in children and young people.
  • Understand the principles of mental health concerns in the context of children and young people


Estimated Total Qualification Time:

135 hours.