Impulsive Behaviour


The ability to self-regulate is impaired by trauma. When children and young people cannot regulate their impulses they develop a range of challenging behaviours. This course enables learners to understand and respond positively and effectively to the impulsive behaviour that can have such an impact on life at home, in school and in the community.

About the Impulsive Behaviour course

Impulsive behaviour is when a person acts without thinking about the consequences. Because the ability to control our behaviour and regulate our impulses is a function of the brain, this ability can be impaired in people with brain damage or who have experienced trauma. Children and young people who display impulsive behaviour may have a complex background that explains their antisocial actions. This course will help learners to understand the factors that come into play when impulsive behaviour is displayed, and equip workers with strategies to help such children deal with their impulses and manage their behaviour.

Written by:

Liza Lomax

What it covers:

This course on impulsive behaviour covers the following topics:

  1. Impulse regulation
  2. Unmet attachment needs
  3. Traumatised children
  4. Empathy
  5. Recovery and adaptation
  6. Shame and rage
  7. Helping children manage
  8. ADHD
  9. Sanctions and consequences


This course meets the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011).

Available in other legislations:


More information on the Impulsive Behaviour course

For more information on this Impulsive Behaviour e-learning course, or to enquire about taking the course face-to-face, please fill in our form and we’ll call you back.

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Learning outcomes

On completing the Impulsive Behaviour course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand cause and effect in the behaviour of traumatised children
    • Explain how unmet attachment needs in early childhood lead to childhood trauma
    • Identify key facts about aggressive and challenging behaviour in traumatised children and young people
    • Describe cycles of cause and effect
    • Explain how developing pro-social behaviour enables children and young people to be healthy, to stay safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well-being
    • Explain how in their own role they can help children and young people to attain these outcomes
  • Know about techniques for responding to challenging situations
    • Explain professional issues in responding to the challenging behaviour of traumatised children and young people
    • Explain how being well-organised, reliable and dependable enables them to help children to manage their behaviour
  • Understand the importance of taking account of the experiences, preferences, wishes and needs of individual children and young people and their families to help them manage their behaviour
    • Explain why it is important to take account of the experiences, preferences, wishes and needs of individual children and young people and their families
    • Show how they take the views of children and young people into account in working with them on pro-social behaviour

Additional Information

This course is also available tailored to the Education Sector

This course is available in Australian Legislation.

Course rating

I have taken lots and lots of e-courses through work and this is the best by far that I have accessed with much more relevant information and the test at the end being more thorough than is normal. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thanks.

Foster carer, Carmarthenshire
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