Children and Young Person’s Mental Health

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 course features self-study in workbooks, pre-recorded online lessons and interactive online quizzes.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2-4 weeks depending on time commitment


  • 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 course 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

Learners work through the modules, watching 10-15 minute pre-recorded lessons, completing activities in their workbooks, or complete 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.


Please contact to express an interest.

Course Instructor

Richard Curtis Richard Curtis Author