Understanding Distressed Behaviours in Children Level 2

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    Part Time

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    14 Weeks

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    Distance Learning

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This course is ideal for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of distressed behaviours in children. Part of a child’s natural development is to practice their independence, which can be frustrating and difficult for parents. Distressed behaviour in children is prolonged can take several different forms, such as anger, lack of attention, physical and verbal abuse, reluctance to socialise, self-harm and possibly putting themselves and others at risk. It is a complex issue and can contribute to further issues in adolescence if not addressed earlier.

The purpose of the course is to help you to develop your knowledge of distressed behaviour in children and as you work your way through you will gain a general awareness of the causes of distressed behaviour. It aims to provide an understanding of appropriate ways in which to support a child displaying distressed behaviour. In addition, leaners will be encouraged to consider how other conditions can play a role in distressed behaviour. The course also covers how current legislation underpins approaches to providing support for a child displaying distressed behaviours.

What will I do?

The course is made up of 6 mandatory units:

Unit One: Awareness of distressed behaviour in children.

  • Section 1 : Understand what is meant by distressed behaviour
  • Section 2 : Who may experience distressed behaviour
  • Section 3 : How distressed behaviour can be assessed in children
  • Section 4 : The impact distressed behaviour can have

Unit Two: Principles of intervention when working with children who display distressed behaviour.

  • Section 1 : Understand strategies that can support children showing distressed behaviour
  • Section 2 : Who may experience distressed behaviour
  • Section 3 : Understand how to mitigate distressed behaviour in children
  • Section 4 : Understand when physical intervention should be used and the importance of using physical intervention safely when a child is displaying distressed behaviour

Unit Three: Distressed behaviour and mental health in children.

  • Section 1 : Understand the characteristics of mental health
  • Section 2 : Understand how to support children with a mental health condition displaying distressed behaviour

Unit Four: Distressed behaviour and learning disabilities in children.

  • Section 1 : Understand the characteristics of learning disabilities
  • Section 2 : Understand how to support children with a learning disability displaying distressed behaviour

Unit Five: Distressed behaviour, sensory processing conditions and autism spectrum conditions in children.

  • Section 1 : Understand the characteristics of sensory processing conditions and autism spectrum conditions
  • Section 2 : Understand how to support children with an autism spectrum condition or sensory processing condition displaying distressed behaviour

As this is an adult learning course, you will need to be aged be 19+ as at 31st August prior to the start of the current academic year. You will also need to have at least a Level 1 qualification in English/Literacy or equivalent, as the course requires you write your answers for assessment purposes. We can provide the opportunity to complete your Level 1 English course by following the link below:

English and Maths

We can also assess your English/Literacy level before you enrol for the Distance Learning course to see if you are currently working to this level. Please contact to request further information.

To assist in completion of this qualification, it may help to be working in, or have access to, the chosen sector. If you already have a higher-level qualification in this specialism, it may impact on your eligibility.

If you fall in the 19-23 age bracket prior to the start of the current academic year you must already hold a minimum of a full L2 qualification or equivalent e.g., 5+ GCSEs A-C / 9-4, 1 A Level or NVQ L2.

Distance Learning courses are studied from home, work, or any location you wish. They are designed for independent study, and you do not have to attend any sessions, however your assigned tutor will provide you with support and guidance throughout your course. To ensure that you keep on track and meet the deadlines it is suggested that you undertake 5-10 hours study per week.

This course is currently being subsidised by Boston College and is therefore FREE* of charge.

We do accept that sometimes there are exceptional circumstances that prohibit you from completing these courses. If you find yourself struggling with the qualification, our support staff will always try to help you find a workable resolution. However, if you are studying a free course and choose to withdraw, you may have to pay a non-completion fee of £85 to cover the administration costs, materials, and registration fees.

*subject to eligibility.

The Certificate in Understanding Distressed Behaviours in Children is studied entirely online:

You access all the learning materials and complete and submit your assessments online. You will be supported by a personal tutor who you can contact throughout your studies. You will work through a series of tasks and activities to assist in gaining the qualification. There will be written assessments related to the content.

It is important that you demonstrate to your Tutor that you have fully understood the question and applied your knowledge to each answer in a logical way. If your Tutor feels that an answer needs a little more detail, they will point this out in your feedback, and you will be able to go back to the answer and rework it until you pass/

Successful completion of the course will lead to a better understanding of the subject, which may improve your career prospects. You could also progress onto other qualifications in this field, or further Distance Learning courses to continue your CPD.

Other Distance Learning courses that may be of interest include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Yong People’s Mental Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Other options for further study include:

  • HE Qualification
  • Apprenticeships
  • Adult Learning Courses

There are no additional costs related to this course

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