The Understanding Abuse & Trauma - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of Abuse and Trauma.

The course covers topics of Child and Adult abuse and its association with mental health issues and focuses on the signs of abuse, the reporting of abuse and life after abuse.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.


After studying this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of Abuse and Trauma

  • Understand possible causes

  • Have an understanding of Abuse and Trauma

  • Understand possible causes

  • Have knowledge of the different treatments available

  • Be able to list sources of help and advice in a range of situations

  • Have a clear understanding of how to work with these complex conditions.

The Course Includes the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Child Abuse

The following topics are covered: Types of abuse; Signs of Child Abuse; Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome; Sexual Abuse; Ritual Abuse; Responding to Child Abuse and Supporting Children who have been Abused.

  • Unit 2 – Adult Abuse

The following topics are covered: Domestic Abuse; Emotional Abuse; Physical Abuse; Sexual Assault; Police Action; Verbal Abuse; Elder abuse; Male Abuse; Effects of Abuse; Effects on Friends and Family; Reluctant to Leave; Signs of Abuse; Behavioural; Physical; Why do People Abuse?; Reporting Abuse; Courts; Staying Safe; Leaving Abuse; Law; Sexual Offences Act 2003; Rights of Victims; Injunctions; Evidence Required; Court Order; Authorities and Life After Abuse.

  • Unit 3 – Abuse & Mental Health

The following topics are covered: Classifications; Post-Traumatic Stress; Diagnosis; Treatment Options; Anxiety; Sleep; Self-Harming; Stress; Suicide; Low Self-Esteem; Addiction; and Dissociative Disorders.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

The course tutor has also set up a forum for all of their students studying Community, Mental Health & Psychiatry and other related courses. This will assist you with your studies, as not only will you get full support from a professional tutor for the duration of the course but you can also get help from and interact with other students. This is a great community for all those students who wish to interact with other students in the same situation as them, and get friendly advice, ideas and comments.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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 ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing 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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

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