CN0511 - Theory 3: Psychosocial Approaches for Children and Young People

What will I learn on this module?

This module helps you to further develop and consolidate your knowledge in meeting the needs of, and providing services for, children and young people. It equips you with evidence to care for children and young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. The module allows you to explore beliefs and values about diversity and enables you to challenge behaviours that have a negative impact on the health and well-being of children and young people. A key focus of this module is nursing children and young people with complex psychosocial and mental health needs. Themes such as brain development and the relationship with depression, anxiety and phobias in children and young people is considered. There is opportunity to listen to experts in the field of disordered eating, suicide and self-harm, and listen to the expert by experience narrative. The module ensures that you have knowledge underpinning sexual health and development of children and young people.

Many children face adversity, this module allows you to explore these in more depth, considering adverse childhood events, existing risk and protective factors in children. You learn how children and young people develop resilience and the role of the nurse within this. Young people are also exposed to a variety of risks in society and you will explore the evidence surrounding alcohol, drug misuse and sexual exploitation. The module will require you to think critically about how nurses provide holistic care for children and their families through the application of contemporary evidence based literature.

How will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module, you will be engaged in a variety of learning and teaching approaches. You will learn from experts from practice including service users and practitioners. Web-based resources, and face-to-face in-class sessions underpin the teaching through the ‘flipped classroom’ approach (Bergman & Sam’s, 2012). This approach enables you to engage with technology-enhanced learning, with the provision of links to the web-based resources and other useful materials via Blackboard Ultra and Library resources. There will be a combination of pre-recorded lecture videos and interactive e-learning packages available via Blackboard. Flipping the classroom enables you to engage in both directed and self-directed study outside of formal teaching sessions as preparatory work for facilitated seminars. Engagement with this activity is essential for your active participation in the facilitated sessions.

These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate, where you will be encouraged to consider competing perspectives, share opinions and experiences, and develop a greater understanding of holistically caring for children and young people.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone and email. Support for your learning is also offered via a 24 hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services via Ask4help and student portal. Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials to support the development of your academic skills.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods will be available via Blackboard Ultra/library services to enhance and support your learning. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Support Recommendations (DSSR).

The use of peer support is a vital component of developing critical discussion and generating ideas and will be utilised during this module.

There are useful study skills guides via the Northumbria University Library.

See the Developing your learning skills link: "Developing your Learning Skills" NU Lib Guides

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. To develop an understanding of the psychosocial health needs of children and young people including a range of mental health conditions.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

2. To think critically about how we meet the holistic care needs of children and their families, paying particular attention to those with specific mental or social support needs.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

3. Critically explore the ethical dilemmas created by psychosocial health needs and the challenges and opportunities that arise in children’s nursing practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Working in small peer groups you will find a health related poster to analyse and develop ideas about the elements needed to make a good poster. (MLO 1 and 2)

Summative assessment
Poster Presentation (1000 words). This will be electronic submission. No more than 1000 words to be used within poster and supporting notes. Electronic feedback will be provided.

• You will explore a particular issue affecting CYP (MLO1).
• You will explore the holistic needs and consider frameworks for this (ML02)
• You will explore the ethical, legal and moral issues and consider the challenges in CYP nursing (MLO3)





Module abstract

With increasing emphasis on the public health agenda around Children and Young People’s Health mental health this module will help you to develop a deeper understanding of the care needs of children and young people with psychosocial health issues. Through the application of contemporary evidence based literature and knowledge delivered by experts in the field (or experts by profession), you will be able develop a knowledge base that will enable you to proficiently provide holistic nursing care to service users with additional needs. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective practice in continually changing and challenging environments with the confidence and ability to think critically, apply knowledge and skills and provide expert evidenced based care.

Furthermore, the module will enable you to grow your existing skills in appraising research and considering how this can be applied to practice for the benefit of the child or young person and their family. The summative assessment will allow you to explore a specific health need and demonstrate how you would holistically care for a child or young person with this need.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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