UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH QUALIFICATION

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Following on from last week's blog on the results of the Pre-School Learning Alliance's landmark survey about mental health in the Early Years workforce it seems timely to talk about the new CACHE qualification focusing on children and young people's mental health.

Mental health problems affect about one in 10 children and young people, according to the Mental Health Foundation.

These include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Irrefutably, the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

While most children grow up mentally healthy, the Mental Health Foundation says surveys suggest more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. Probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

It's an important issue for anyone working with children and young people to recognise and so we now offer the new CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health - perfect for increasing your knowledge and awareness of this significant subject.

 

The qualification requires that learners must achieve all of the following mandatory units:

Understand children and young people’s mental health in context

The learner will understand both the concept of mental health and how society views mental health - and how this has changed over time. They will also understand the legislation in place to support children and young people’s mental health.

Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health

The learner 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.

Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns

The learner will understand behaviours displayed by children and young people which may indicate a mental health concern. They will also investigate common mental health conditions that affect children and young people. Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns

The learner 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.

Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns

The learner 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.

 

Completing the qualification will support progression onto further qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care or education sectors.

Other than being over 16 years of age, there are no specific prior learning requirements for the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification.