Taught course

Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People

Edge Hill University · Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, such as child health and wellbeing, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, psychology, or early years, primary or secondary education. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) is also required.

Experience of working with children and young people and/or in mental health/education settings is desirable.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The role of an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) is an innovative and important role in the government’s Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) – part of the National Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative.

In your year of study with us, we’ll help you learn the role and teach you how to make a difference working with children and young people.

As an EMHP you’ll work alongside schools and colleagues to support children and young people with mental health problems and wellbeing. This is a dynamic and innovative career choice, responding to the needs of children and young people within your area.

The course has two key components. First you’ll learn how to deliver low intensity, evidence-based interventions. Next you’ll focus on supporting schools to develop whole school approaches to positive mental health. This includes carrying out audits, taking part in consultations and providing group sessions for school staff, parents and young people.

Every child or young person you work with will be different. To prepare you for the different scenarios you’ll face, we’ll help you become confident in identifying areas of adversity, disadvantage and risk. And because you’re employed by local mental health services, you’ll get plenty of practical hands-on experience alongside classroom-based study. This will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to hit the ground running in your career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)1695 575171