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.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Understanding Abuse & Trauma Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. 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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

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

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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