Understanding Distressed Behaviour in Children - MK College

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Distressed Behaviour in Children

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Trying the patience of parents is part of a child’s healthy and normal development, it’s a child’s way of practicing their independence. As difficult and frustrating this may be for parents, those episodes often pass. 

Distressed behaviour in children is prolonged and can take many forms – anger, lack of attention, physical and verbal abuse, reluctance to socialise, self-harm and risk of injury to themselves or others. The root of distressed behaviour can be varied, complex and if left unaddressed, can contribute to further mental health issues in adolescence.

What will I do?

This short, online course will enable learners to 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, learners will consider how other characteristics such as mental health, learning disabilities and sensory processing or autism conditions can play a role in distressed behaviour being displayed by a child.  Finally, learners will gain an understanding of how current UK legislation underpins approached to providing support for a child who displays distressed behaviour.

Learners will need to submit and successfully achieve 6 short online assessments to achieve this course.

What’s next?

By undertaking this course, you will gain formal recognition by obtaining a nationally recognised qualification. This will enable you to further your own continuous professional development, which could support you in improving your career prospects. You can also progress onto further qualifications.

Is it for me?

This course is ideal for learners who wish to increase their awareness and understanding of bullying, including how to recognise when bullying is taking place, take action to stop bullying and the legislation surrounding it. It is ideal for those working within childcare, education, and youth work.


All applicants must be at least 19 years of age to enrol for the course and have a good level of English skills to a minimum of Level One standard.

Applicants aged 19-23 are only eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification if required.

Applicants aged 24+ do not require any prior academic qualifications, but do need to meet the required standard of English skills.
Applicants must have lived in the UK for the last three years, currently reside in England, with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Greater London, Liverpool, Tees Valley Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West Midlands, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Wets of England, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Please contact providers in your local area for alternative options.

Course Information

  1. Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Distressed Behaviour in Children






    • FEES

    • 19 – 23

      Fully Funded

    • 24+

      Fully Funded

    • Overseas


This course is only Fully Funded if you are over 19 years old, have been living in the UK for 3 years or more, and are not from a devolved area (e.g. Greater Manchester, Liverpool, West of England, West Midlands, Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, London or Greater London).

course highlights

  • Delivered via online distance learning allowing you to choose when and where you study
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Personal tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have the support needed to succeed


This course requires the completion and passing of six short tutor marked online unit assessments. Learners are allocated a course tutor who will mark assessments and are able to offer support through the online learning platform.


The course duration is 6-8 weeks and will requires approximately 4 – 6 hours of study per week plus the submission of 6 online assessments during the course.

Course start dates are flexible, but learners are expected to successfully complete the programme within the allocated timescale.

How can I pay for my course?

There are a variety of ways in which you can get help with fees and funding while studying. Get advice on applying for funding and assessing your eligibility for financial aid here.

This course attracts funding for eligible students, so please check with the admissions team about your own circumstances. 

additonal information

These courses are free for eligible applicants who successfully complete the course. A fee of £90 will be charged to learners who enrol onto the programme but do not complete the course.

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