Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    8-12 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body


Overview of Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Qualification aims and objectives

By completing the qualification, learners will develop knowledge of:

  • Children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people
  • The impact of mental ill-health on children and young people
  • Support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people.

Detailed understanding

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

This free 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 is it suitable for?

This free course is ideal for staff 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.

Course units

Learners must achieve all of the mandatory units:

In this unit learners will understand the concept of mental health. An understanding of how society views mental health and how this has changed over time will also be investigated.

Learners will also understand the legislation in place to support children and young people’s mental health.

In this unit, learners will understand the risk factors that can affect children and young people’s mental health and how these can be mitigated.

They will also investigate how developmental changes and puberty can impact children and young people.

In this unit learners will understand behaviours displayed by children and young people that may indicate a mental health concern.

They will also investigate common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

In this unit learners will investigate the impact of mental health concerns on children, young people and others.

They will also understand the importance of diagnosis and the reasons why there may be a reluctance to seek a diagnosis.

In this unit, learners will understand the support available for children and young people’s mental health.

They will investigate a person-centred approach, mental health promotion, and the services and treatment available.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

TQUK Certificate

Qualification benefits

88% of our learners say our courses have equipped them with vital skills to help them progress in their working life.

Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Course sample

Download the sample workbook


Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

19+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

3 simple steps to enrolment


Create an account with us via the short form below


Complete your online  learner application form


Complete a brief online initial assessment

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