Certificate in Addressing Loneliness and Depression in Children and Young People

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About The Course

Certificate in Addressing Loneliness and Depression in Children and Young People

Course Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes (approx.)

All staff have the responsibility of looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and should be provided with the necessary training to identify and respond to the warning signs of loneliness and depression. Addressing loneliness and depression at an early stage can reduce the harmful impact in later years and lead to better outcomes in the future.

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how to address loneliness and depression in children and young people, ways in which the signs can be spotted and a range of preventative strategies to help associated distress.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies:

  • Keeping children safe in education

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the causes of loneliness and depression in children and young people, as well as the harmful effects this can have on their current and future stages.
  • Identifying the potential signs and physical symptoms of loneliness and depression in children and young people.
  • Understanding a range of preventative strategies used to reduce loneliness and depression in children and young people, as well as acknowledging the ways they can be supported.
  • Understanding how to create a whole-school ethos and environment which has a positive influence on children and young people.
  • Recognising the range of external resources and support that can be accessed in order to help and support children and young people dealing with loneliness and depression.

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how to address loneliness and depression in children and young peo...

Module 1: Introduction to loneliness and depression

Module 1 will provide you with an overview of the concept of loneliness and depression, acknowledging how common it is in children and young people and appreciating the importance of reducing stigma.

Module 2: Causes of loneliness and depression

In module 2, you will learn about the causes of loneliness and depression in children and young people, as well as the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on children and young people with respect to loneliness and depression.

Module 3: Signs of loneliness and depression

In module 3, you will learn to recognise the various signs and potential indicators of loneliness and depression in children and young people of different age groups, as well as the physical symptoms and factors that can make loneliness and depressio...

Module 4: Reducing loneliness and depression

Module 4 will provide you with a range of preventative strategies and top tips for reducing loneliness and depression in children and young people.

Module 5: Whole-school ethos

Module 5 looks at ways to create a whole-school ethos and environment that has a positive influence on children and young people.

Module 6: Additional resources

Module 6 will provide you with a range of external resources that can help support children and young people dealing with loneliness and depression.

Anna Bateman

About The Expert

Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.
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