Child and Young Person’s Mental Health Summer School

Use the School Holidays to increase your knowledge, qualifications and develop your career!

Skills for Progress have funding to provide Berkshire educators and youth workers with a FREE Child and young persons mental health skills qualification.

Free Training and Certified Qualifications

An online course developing an understanding of mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the 2022 landscape, leads to a Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Further Learning and Employment from Open Awards.

This evidence-based course has been developed by respected Richard Daniel Curtis, co-author of the mental health curriculum for the Department for Education, founder of the National Network of Mental Health Leads and author of the Social and Emotional Mentor qualifications.

This course is suitable for teachers, support staff, youth workers, childminders or others working with children and young people. Covering a range of topics relevant to the current situation, the summer school features online lessons led by Richard Curtis who sets online self-study topics, split into 15 minute lessons for learners to complete in their own time across the week. The weekly lessons are recorded for learners to catch up, if they have missed a lesson.


  • Introduction to mental health
  • Child and adolescent development
    • Introduction
    • Human growth
    • Normal intellectual growth
    • Normal social and emotional development
  • Personal skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Problem solving
    • Listening skills
    • Engagement in learning
    • Peer mentoring
  • Supporting mental health difficulties
    • Anger
    • Body image
    • Coping
    • Self-esteem
    • Stress

This summer school is great for those who have noticed the impact of the pandemic, or world events since then, on young people and want to understand how best to support their wellbeing.

Richard Daniel Curtis

The activities Richard sets include 10-15 minute pre-recorded lessons, completing activities in their workbooks, or self-study chapters. Learning is assessed through online questions linked to the module and marked by an assessor.

Optional additional course

This course can be followed by an optional Level 3 qualification in Social and Emotional Mentoring or Mentoring Young People in the Community.


To qualify for this funding you must:

  • Live and work in Berkshire
  • Work with young people or children in Berkshire
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK


If you are interested in attending the summer school get your school or organisation to contact

(We will accept multiple booking from the same organisation.)

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