Skip to main content
Short courses
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Understanding Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties


Course overview

You consider what it means to be a child growing up in a challenging environment including homes where there is poverty, mental illness, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. You examine the impact of these circumstances on children’s physical and mental health, social and emotional development, behaviour, relationships, educational outcomes and life chances. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma are introduced; some strategies for managing and beginning to address and heal the difficulties are discussed and the rewards and challenges of working with these children considered.

Summer University will run throughout June and July 2020. You can register your details here if you would like to receive a course brochure when applications open in early-mid April 2020. If you have any questions then you can reach us at

See more Winter University courses


Course details

What you study

- The impact of growing up in a 'challenging' environment on physical and mental health.
- What constitutes adverse childhood experiences.
- Understanding different types of trauma.
- The impact of ACES / trauma on educational outcomes and life chances.
- Some ways of managing and helping to buffer adversity.
- The importance of relationships and resilience.
- The challenging of working with children living with adversity.

How you are assessed

Case study (1,500 words) – a critical evaluation of a child or young person (from an example given by the tutor) experiencing an adverse childhood. Suggestions should be given as to the impact this could have on their physical and mental health, education and future and recommendations of suitable interventions to manage and treat them.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Enrolment date: To be announced early-mid April