Children, Young People and Mental Health


1 in 10 children and young people experience
mental health problems in the UK. Foster carers
have an important role to play in supporting
children to be mentally healthy, and knowing
the signs can help aid early appropriate
intervention. This course enables learners to
gain the necessary knowledge to understand
mental health and identify signs and symptoms.
It provides clear guidelines as to your role
in supporting children with mental health

What is good Mental Health? How can we help the children in our care?

Almost half of all children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder. They are four times more likely to struggle with poor mental health than their peers who are not in care. Care leavers are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.

A recent Education Select Committee report on mental health services for children in care looked into the refusal of CAMHS to assess and  treat young people before a stable placement was found.


Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee said:

“Local authorities have a special responsibility for the welfare of looked-after children. In spite of this duty, it’s clear that many looked-after children in England are not getting the mental health support they need. At present, CAMHS are not assessing or treating children in care because these children do not have a stable placement. Given children in care may have unstable family lives and are frequently moving foster or residential placement, this inflexibility around puts vulnerable children in care at a serious disadvantage in getting the support they deserve. This must change. We recommend children in care be given priority access to mental health assessments and never refused care based on their placement or severity of their condition”


The availability of mental health and well-being services for looked after children is patchy and sometimes hard to access. It is therefore critical that you obtain basic knowledge to support the child in your care until they are able to access services such as CAMHS.  This course will equip you with an understanding good mental health and the key factors that can impact mental health.  We look at the warning signs for poor mental health and what steps you can take to help the child or young person.  Early identification can ensure the right solutions are put in place and early intervention improves outcomes for the child or young person.


About the course

What it covers:

This course covers the following topics

  • What factors influence mental health including signs and symptoms
  • How to start conversations about Mental Health
  • How to deal with low to medium risk situations and how to respond to a crisis situation


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

More information on Children, Young People and Mental Health

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Learning outcomes

  • To understand what is mental health
  • To understand how poor mental health can affect adolescents
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of poor mental health
  • To understand what you can do to help a young person with mental health issues
  • To know what to do when there is a low to medium concern for a young person’s mental health
  • To know how to help a young person with mental health difficulties who has been found in a crisis situation

Course rating

This course cut through to the key points I needed to know and understand to help the child in my care. Excellent and well worth the time to complete.

Foster carer, Kent
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