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Care Counselling for Children at QLS Level 2

Care Counselling for Children at QLS Level 2
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This course is available Online or in Paper format.


This Care Counselling for Children course is designed for people who wish to improve their skills or gain knowledge in child and youth counselling in specific areas of the care facilities.

It will be helpful to anyone who is  or who wishes to undertake any form of caring role which involves children, and provides the skills to provide counselling for those in their care.

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Care Counselling for Children at QLS Level 2

Course code: SH234

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months (Approx. 90 hours study time)

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 2

The objectives of the course are to enable the student to:

  • Develop an understanding of the value of counseling in a variety of child caring roles
  • Understand a range of ethical and cultural issue related to counselling
  • Develop the skills to offer counseling for those affected by substance misuse, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and grief
  • Develop a range of skills to be able to offer career and vocational guidance to children


This course consists of eight units of study:

Unit 1: Introduction to care counselling

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of counselling
  • Explain communication and its role in counselling
  • Demonstrate understanding of the different forms of counselling.
  • Conduct a counselling session.

Unit 2: Ethical and cultural issues in counselling

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

  • Explain why children hold a special position in society and discuss their rights and needs.
  • List ethical values associated with counselling children.
  • Discuss the impact of culture and gender in counselling.
  • Explain the role of the carers values and attitudes in counselling.
  • Identify some of your own deeply held beliefs and values and describe how they might influence a counselling decision

Unit 3: Behavioural counselling

By the end of this Unit, you will be able to:

  • Define behavioural counselling.
  • Describe factors involved in effective behavioural counselling and guidance; understanding self, understanding and learning about children, creating a positive environment.
  • Recognise types of problem behaviour and identify strategies to deal with them.
  • Explain the importance of referrals and collaboration with relevant individuals and agencies.

Unit 4: Dealing with child abuse issues

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe various forms of child abuse.
  • Identify signs and characteristics of an abused child.
  • Explain the various coping strategies employed by survivors of abuse.
  • Develop effective intervention programmes for abused children.
  • Outline the referral system available for abused children in your community

Unit 5: Dealing with substance abuse

This unit of your course will cover the following objectives and allow you to be able to:

  • Describe substance abuse and identify substances that are abused
  • Describe signs/symptoms in children who abuse substances
  • Explain the consequences of substance abuse
  • Identify strategies that assist children who abuse substances
  • Organise a programme for the prevention of substance abuse
  • Identify available referral networks for substance abuse.

Unit 6: Counselling for the affects of HIV/AIDS

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

  • Explain what the HIV/AIDS virus is, how a person can be infected by it, and what symptoms he/she may experience.
  • Explain cultural beliefs and practices that contribute to HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify children who are infected by HIV/AIDS and provide help to them through counselling.
  • Design activities which will help you to communicate when counselling children and youths infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify available networks and resources for referral of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Unit 7: Grief Counselling

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

  • Define loss, bereavement, grieving and mourning
  • Outline the process of grieving
  • Explain the role of culture in bereavement
  • Identify strategies that you can use to help children and youths who have suffered the loss of a loved one

Unit 8: Career and Vocational Counselling

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between a career, a vocation, and life skills.
  • Identify sources of information and disseminate information on careers and life skills.
  • Discuss gender biases and stereotypes in vocational and career choices and suggest ways of eliminating them.
  • Recognise the talents of children and youth.
  • Advise youth on career programmes and help them to plan for these.

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.