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Certificate in Understanding Distressed Behaviour in Children (Online) - Level 2


The purpose of this course is to develop learners' knowledge of distressed behaviour in children.

You will gain a general awareness of the causes of distressed behaviour along with an understanding of appropriate ways to support a child displaying distressed behaviour.

Furthermore, you will consider how other conditions can play a role in distressed behaviour being displayed by a child. Finally, you will gain an understanding of how current legislation underpins approaches to providing support for a child who displays distressed behaviour.

Start dates and fees




The distance learning courses are completely free for anyone aged 19 or over (on the 31st August 2023), irrespective of their current employment status, but applicants must live in the UK in a non-devolved area. Applicants aged 19-23 must already have a full level 2 qualification to be eligible.

Please note, if you fail to reach the end of the course, you may be subject to a £125 admin fee.

What will I study?

This course is made up of a series of mandatory units:

  • Awareness of distressed behaviour in children 
  • Principles of intervention when working with children who display distressed behaviour 
  • Distressed behaviour and mental health in children 
  • Distressed behaviour and learning disabilities in children 
  • Distressed behaviour, sensory processing conditions and autism spectrum conditions in children 
  • Legislation and guidance for an individual providing support to children displaying distressed behaviour.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

All applicants must live in England and NOT live in one of the locations listed here.

How long is the course?

Total time to achieve this qualification is 138 hours.

Guided Learning hours with a tutor make up 110 hours of this time, with a further 28 hours for leaners to complete aspects of their assessment portfolio in their own time.


How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments subject to external quality assurance.

All learning outcomes and assessment criteria must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.

What can I progress onto?

  • Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Education) - Level 3
  • Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care - Level 2
  • Diploma in Adult Care - Level 3
  • Diploma in Healthcare Support - Level 3
  • Award in Supporting Children and Young People with Autism - Level 3
  • Diploma in Healthcare Support Services - Level 3

Career opportunities

There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

All you need to do is press the green Sign up button found under 'Next steps' and complete our simple online form.

Once submitted, our team will review your information to ensure you are eligible to study the course (we will get in touch should there be in any issues).

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you’ll be sent an email which contains a link to our online enrolment form for you to complete.

Your enrolment details will then be processed by our team and you will receive an email that will contain a link for you to access your course materials. Please allow 3-5 working days for your enrolment details to be processed.

Next steps

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