First Aid for Youth Mental Health qualification
12 Apr 2021
The qualification has been designed with children and young people in mind covering areas such as depression, self-harm, eating disorders and bullying and will provide the knowledge and skills to identify a potential mental condition, start a conversation and provide support and guidance to professional help.
The qualification is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children and young people such as parents, carers, teachers, youth group leaders and young adults.
At present the qualification has only been approved by Ofqual but is currently going through the SQA Accreditation approval process. We hope this will be completed in the next few weeks and will update you when this has been completed. The Ofqual regulated qualification can be delivered in all parts of the UK in the meantime, including Scotland.
To meet regulatory body requirements, it is crucial that all Trainer/Assessors have sufficient subject knowledge competence to deliver a qualification.
The new Award in First Aid for Youth Mental Health shares many similarities with the ‘adult’ version of the qualification, but there are some crucial differences that we must ensure are known by Trainer/Assessors before they are able to deliver the qualification.
Current First Aid for Mental Health Trainers who want to deliver the Youth version must either:
- Hold a dedicated ‘youth’ Mental Health qualification or
- Complete the CPD Learning as outlined within the Trainer/Assessor First Aid for Youth Mental Health CPD sheet. On completion of the training, the declaration must be completed, confirming that all topics and areas have been covered and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
On receipt of either of the above, we will be able to register you to teach the new First Aid for Youth Mental Health course after completing our Registration Form. The cost for this is £50 + vat.
Please see the links below to view the qualification information:
The course paperwork, together with all Guidance Documents are available in the download area of NucoPlus and it is important that Trainer/Assessors use all the FAA guidance for every course.
The Assessment for the Classroom-based course is by a Written Assessment Paper and the practical demonstration of the application of the First Aid Action Plan for Mental Health.
The Distance Learning qualification is assessed through Video Conferencing software by Professional Discussion with the Trainer/Assessor and Practical Demonstration of the application of the First Aid Action Plan for Mental Health.
Trainer/Assessors must conduct and mark the assessment adhering to the guidance to ensure that all Learners are assessed accurately, consistently and fairly.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE
From 1st April 2021 our Level 3 First Aid for Mental Health Instructor Training course will include training for the Youth qualification, so after attending, a Trainer/Assessor will automatically be able to run the Youth version as well.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please just get in touch.
We are in the process of developing a book to accompany the course and will let you know when these are available to purchase. In the meantime, you are able to use the First Aid for Mental Health Book.