Child and Young Person’s Mental Health Summer School (archive)

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 Summer School.

Free Training and Certified Qualifications

An online summer school developing an understanding of mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the 2022 landscape, leading to a Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Further Learning and Employment and a Level 1 Award in Introduction to Mentoring 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.

What does it involve?

Covering a range of topics relevant to the current situation, the summer school features weekly self-learning, split into 15-minute online lessons, followed by a weekly webinar.

Weekly Webinars

Richard will run weekly 45-minute webinars on Sunday evenings in August at 8pm. These can either be attended live, or they will be recorded and emailed to participants. These webinars will provide all participants with the opportunity to raise questions and discuss the week’s learning.


Introduction to Mentoring

Child and Young Person Mental Health During the Pandemic

Resilience after Lockdown – personal wellbeing and resilience

Children’s and Young Person’s Mental Health:

  • 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.


The Summer School runs from 1-30 August, although participants can begin the prelearning prior and participants have until 9th September to complete all activities.

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 childre