Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new psychological first aid (PFA) online training course.

This is to help support children and young people that have been affected by emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is available for all frontline workers. Such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers. It is also available for anyone who regularly has contact with children and young people aged up to 25. This includes parents and caregivers.

Those completing the training will be equipped to better identify those children that are in distress.  Therefore, they will be able to provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves during the pandemic or other crisis situations.

The course is free, takes up to three hours to complete (that the learner can complete at their own pace). Also, you don’t need any previous qualifications.

PFA is a globally recognised training programme for emergency situations. PHE has developed this new course with input and advice from a range of experts, government and charitable organisations. This has been done via an advisory group which includes NHS England, the Department for Education and British Red Cross. It is in partnership with FutureLearn.

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