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

Course aims

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

Course length

3 hours a week for 25 weeks

Learners will spend the first 4 weeks completing a free separate short course (12 hours) Introduction to Children's Mental Health. This will allow learners to gain essential skills and to provide an overview of what to expect when working in schools. Successful learners then progress to. the main course.

Who is the course for?

Learners with a long term aim of working with children and young people.

Learners must be at least 19 years old.

Will I gain any qualifications?

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

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You will need some basic awareness of Mental Health issues, and be resilient enough to safeguard your own mental health. Ideally, learners will have previously completed the BAES Understanding mental health non- accredited 6 week course. You will also need to have English skills at Level 2 and be prepared to work towards maths at Level 2 with support so that you can take full advantage of the training offered.

What could this course lead to?

By completing the qualification, learners 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. You could progress to a Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.


  • Understand children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Understand factors, which may affect children and young people’s mental health
  • Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns

How will I learn?

You will be taught and supported by a tutor. You will be expected to attend your group once a week and take part in group and paired activities and discussions. You will build a portfolio of evidence and complete specific tasks with the guidance of your tutor. Independent study and research is required.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): DBS checks are carried out on everyone who works with, or trains to work with, children, young people and vulnerable adults. BAES will carry out these checks before you start a work placement that is part of a social care course, along with a right to work check.

For enrolment on social care courses and for your DBS check you must provide original, approved documents that give evidence of your identity and address.

To get a full DBS check you must have been resident in this country for at least five years. If you have not been resident for at least 5 years, you must also produce a Statement of Good Conduct (written in English) from your previous country BEFORE you can be enrolled onto a social care course.

If you have a criminal record that may bar you from working with children, or cannot provide a continuous address history, please discuss this with a member of staff before enrolling, as all previous convictions and cautions will be disclosed and this could prevent you from qualifying.

Right to Work checks will also be carried out.

Interview and Initial Assessment

You will need to complete a written assessment and undertake a one to one discussion prior to enrolling onto a course. This is mandatory for all learners. Call our Information Line on 0121 303 4318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

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