CPD The Multi-Agency Approach to Dealing with Mental Health in Children and Young People

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates


Course length

18 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £760


Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175


Course aim

This programme will critically examine the multi-agency approach in assessing, understanding and dealing with mental health in children and young people, from the perspective of the front-line practitioners involved in teaching, policing and healthcare.

After initially considering the varying types of mental disorder that children and young people may suffer from, together with the signs and symptoms that are associated with those conditions, the module follows a developing case study throughout each of the following sessions.

You will evaluate how the issues may manifest and are then managed by the teaching professional within a classroom environment before considering the role of the police service when called upon to respond to such an issue.

Having studied the responsibilities of the police professional in initially dealing with all aspects of a child or young person who is suffering from a mental disorder - as a potential victim, witness or offender, the programme then considers the role of health-care professionals who will become involved in such cases and the options available for treatment.

You will evaluate the respective role and responsibilities of the agencies involved in the relevant multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, procedures and protocols and assess how these agencies work together in addressing all aspects of such cases including the interventions and support, both to the individual and those affected.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically assess the variation of mental health disorders that may affect children and young people and how such conditions may present
  • Critically evaluate the individual role and responsibilities of key professionals in teaching, policing and health care when dealing with all aspects of such cases
  • Critically assess the areas of potential dilemma and professional conflict that may arise between agencies and the options to resolve
  • Critically evaluate the various agencies involved in dealing with mental health in children and young people and how key professionals and agencies work together to address the issues and support those involved

Teaching and learning

Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

This course consists of:

  • 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
  • 21 taught hours
  • 200 learning hours

Entry requirements

  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is open to recruitment for Police Officers or Police Staff and to those working in the teaching and healthcare professions. It is also of relevance to individuals in other law enforcement and partner agencies who will deal with issues around mental health in children and young people as a key element of their work processes


Assessment methods:

  • 2500 word essay
  • 10 minute presentation and poster

CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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