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EMHP6000 Children and Young People's Mental Health Settings: Context and Values

Module Overview

EMHPs will operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery, and recognises and respects diversity. Diversity represents the range of cultural norms including personal, family, social and spiritual values held by the diverse communities served by the service within which the Practitioner is operating. Practitioners must respect and value individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture. They must be able to respond to children and young people’s needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity. The EMHPs will learn to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for all and encourage children and young people’s active participation in every aspect of care and treatment. They will also demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the power issues in professional / student relationships and take steps in their clinical practice to reduce any potential for negative impact this may have. This module will, therefore, expose them to the concept of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism and equip them with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values driven service. They will also learn to manage caseloads, operate safely and to high standards and use supervision to aid their clinical decision-making. They will need to recognise the limitations to their competence and role and direct children, young people and families to resources appropriate to their needs, including step-up to high-intensity therapy, when beyond competence and role. This module you will develop the EMHPs knowledge in the core principles of CYP IAPT and in becoming skilled in enhancing their work with children, young people and their families/parents. This module underpins modules 2 and 3, and will provide the EMHPs with the necessary knowledge, attitude and competence to operate effectively in an inclusive, values driven service and in the wider services context.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills required to engage and involve children, young people and parents in a way that maximises their collaboration and engagement in mental health services and related settings and contexts
  • Develop critical understand and effectively convey the core principles of CYP-IAPT and the active outcomes frames and use of routine outcome measures
  • Critically reflect on the skills needed to support access to child and adolescent mental health services and support to the whole population and minimise disadvantage and discrimination
  • Critically reflect on the ability to explain the key principles of core, evidence-based therapies
  • Develop sound critical skills in the use of self-reflection and supervision to enhance clinical work


- CYP services context & principles – local & national - Service role of the EMHP & overview of other relevant mental health roles - Multi agency working & navigation (including context of service delivery) - Legal/professional issues, (incl. legal framework, ethics, confidentiality, capacity/consent, safeguarding etc.) - Overview of CYP MH therapies & evidence base - Diversity and Culture, social inclusion - Caseload & clinical management, use of supervision, liaison & clinical decision-making. - Child, youth and family development and transitions - Working with families and systems - Service user involvement - CYP mental health policy - Collaborative practice/working and participation - Outcomes-informed practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Small group tutorials Experiential activities Role Play Guided reading Directed activities in NHS services

Independent Study187
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Children and Young People Positive Practice Guide..

Children and Young People's /APT Data Set.

Children and Young People's IAPT Routine Outcome Monitoring Briefing Note..

No health without mental health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for peo ple of all ages..

Competences for workers in CAM HS. Roth, A., Calder, F. and Pilling,S. (2011 ). Competences for workers in CAM HS. London: University College London.

The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services.



Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Commentary  (2000 words) 50%
Group presentation  (20 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Commentary  (2000 words) 50%
Group presentation  (20 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no cost implications for this module outside of normal student costs, such as paper, pens etc.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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