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Introduction to Mental Health in Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties / Disabilities

This 3 hour workshop aims to increase understanding and awareness of mental health difficulties experienced by children and young people with learning difficulties / disabilities, increase ability to identify early signs of mental health difficulties within the learning difficulty / disability population and increase awareness of information and support services in your local area.

Part day course for

Practitioners from any agency (such as Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Home School Link Workers, Foster Carers, Youth Support Workers and GPs) who work with children (aged 3 years plus) or young people with learning disabilities who have mental health problems, or with their families, who live within the HCC boundaries

Presented by

Children's Services Workforce Development Team, Rachel Bowen - Primary Mental Health - Local CAMHS team

Learning outcomes:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Define learning difficulties / disabilities
  • Define mental health difficulties common in children / young people with learning difficulties / disabilities
  • Identify the prevalence of mental health difficulties in children / young people with learning difficulties / disabilities
  • Identify early signs and behaviours associated with mental health difficulties in children and young people with learning difficulties / disabilities
  • Explain the CAMHS referral criteria (who can refer and how to refer)
  • Identify local support services
  • Use the Specialist CAMHS Consultation Line

Course content and methodology:

  • Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Small group work
  • Use of case studies

Other Booking Information

  • Cost to HCC C&F staff - free

  • Cost to Charity / Voluntary agency staff - £84

  • Cost to others - £120

  • Please book a place online - Learning Zone help pages

  • Foster Carer bookings - please book using this application form

  • Non HCC staff - if you have problems booking online, please submit this application form instead

  • All charged bookings are subject to a late cancellation fee.  Please exercise responsible booking practice and see our Cancellation Policy for full details

  • Notification of any changes to bookings must be sent by email to

  • Prices


    Provided by: Children's Services Workforce Development Team

    Course code: XXCK0233

    Subscribers: £0