Children and Young People’s Mental Health
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11 weeks






Coventry University (Coventry)


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This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the physical and psychosocial needs of children and young people with mental health problems. Students will have the opportunity to explore the relationships between patients, carers and professionals.

Course detail

This module will cover the wide range of mental health issues commonly found in children and young people, and the various therapeutic approaches that could be used to help them. Students can also gain valuable knowledge on the legal and ethical issues related to the care of children and young people with mental health problems.

This module provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Develop their understanding of the physical and psychosocial needs of children and young people with mental health problems.
  • Build on existing knowledge and skills in working with this vulnerable populationEnhance their career prospects by providing them with additional valuable skills in caring for children and young people in mental health settings.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts with many years of experience in working with this population.
  • Individuals will be able to critically examine and challenge current practice, and further embed evidence-based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the different theories of causation in relation to the onset and development of mental health problems in children and young people.
  • Identify physical and psychosocial factors that underpin the specific interventions with clients and their families.
  • Understand different childhood disorders, relevant methods of diagnoses and therapeutic interventions.
  • Examine legal and ethical issues related to confidentiality and informed consent.
  • Understand the current system of care provision in England, and compare it to international models for the delivery of children and young people’s mental health services.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a number of methods, including lectures, seminars and workshops. It is intended to fully utilise specialists in practice in order to enrich and inform the learning process.

Semester 2 (January to May): Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm on campus, or blended delivery if needed.

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality.

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email

Guided student activity - 30 hours

Self-guided student activity 170 hours

Total activity - 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Registered healthcare professional with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) or HCPC (Health Care Professions Council), or currently working in a child mental health role (I.e. as an Educational Mental Health Practitioner).
  • Ability to study at Level 6.


  • Coursework 1: 3500 word written assignment (100% of module mark)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of Level 6 modules can enable progression to Master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care, Professional Practice and Nursing studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals within the field of children and young people’s mental health.