Counselling for Children Level 2

Our course code: X218

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

Enrol on our course

Do you want to make a lifetime of difference to children? Do you have a passion for caring? A talent for listening? If so, our Level 2 Counselling for Children course is perfect to put these skills to use. This online course was made to fit around your current lifestyle and is flexible, convenient and beneficial. Moreover, it’s ideal for people looking for a caring role involving children and provides counselling skills for those in their care.

Counselling is a way of helping people with personal problems. Counsellors work with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, bereavement, loneliness, self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, self-injury and eating problems. Care Counselling for Children is based on building a trusting relationship between counsellor and client. It can help people talk about their experiences and make sense of them. Counselling can allow people to express difficult feelings and to learn how to manage them in a helpful way.

This Level 2 Award will equip you with counselling skills for working with or caring for children and young people as well as preparing you to go on to higher level counselling training.

On this Level 2 Counselling for Children course, you will:

  • Be introduced to core counselling skills
  • Develop an understanding of the value of counselling in childcare roles
  • Provide skills and techniques to help you improve your communication and increase your self-awareness when working with children
  • Develop your understanding of relationship building
  • Understand a range of ethical and cultural issues relating to counselling
  • Develop the skills to offer counselling for those affected by substance misuses, child abuse and grief
  • Develop a range of skills to be able to offer career and vocational guidance to children

If you’ve passion for caring, listening, and making a difference to children’s lives, this course is for you!

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification, and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction to Counselling

An intro to counselling for children and the topics you’ll cover, including the importance of counselling, qualities of counsellors, definitions of therapies and child development. You’ll set goals, consider what counselling means to you and what you hope to achieve, with a key research example to work through.

2: Reasons for Counselling Children

Unit two considers the nature/nurture debate and the concepts of normal and/or abnormal behaviour in children. You’ll explore theories of childhood development, such as Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in relation to resilience and risk, as well as a child’s sense of self.

3: Approaches to Theories of Counselling

Unit three breaks down theories to approaches to counselling, such as Pavlov’s classical conditioning, Kohlberg’s stages of identity, and Ainsworth’s attachment studies. Learn to analyse the reliability of these experiments and its influence on contemporary counselling. Touching on nature/nurture, you’ll learn how development is affected by everything from parenting to poverty, divorce and cross-cultural differences. You’ll also consider the impact of death, types of grief, and key therapies to help children.

4: Issues in Counselling Children

Unit four explores characteristics, signs and consequences of two types of abuse: substance and child. You’ll learn how substance abuse links to prenatal problems, adolescent sensation-seeking and eating disorders via cross-cultural perspectives and parenting styles. You’ll identify the effects of child abuse, types of maltreatment and distinguish between attachment and detachment via critical case studies.

5: Personal Development

The final unit is self-reflective. It beckons you to think positively to visualise an outcome you’ll achieve, recognising areas of personal health, such as stress, sleep and creative thinking, while considering an occupation and key factors that might determine your decision. This is supported by definitions and a checklist that gets you to think about various aspects from schooling to relationships and role models.

6: Appendices
  • Article on Resilience
  • UN Rights of the Child
  • Every Child Matters
  • DSM-V 5th Edition
  • CYP and Family Training Document
  • Document from Public Heath England
  • Dr Money’s Bio-Social Theory

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!