Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce (CPD64)

A fully funded, introductory ten-week course for support workers working with children and young people

Are you a support worker? Are you wondering how to develop your potential? Health Education England is offering free places on our ten-week training course for support staff without university degrees working with children, young people and their families in the voluntary sector, the NHS, community, education or social care settings in London.

This course will start in September 2024.

The deadline for applications to this course is provisionally set for Friday 2 August 2024. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and can be competitive.

You may see the CPD64 course also referred to as PATPCPD64 in communications from our application system.

About this course

The aim of this course is to enable support workers to develop their skills in working with children and young people in a multicultural context. The course will help you to develop your work skills, and may also lead to progression to further funded training opportunities in the field of child and adolescent work.

In workshops and work discussion groups, you will consider topics including:

  • learning about observation
  • direct work with children, young people and families
  • child and adolescent development
  • working in a multi-cultural context
  • developing the theoretical framework needed to explore perspectives for working with individuals, couples, families, work groups and organisations

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for you if you are a support worker working with children in London. You might be in one of these roles, or something similar:

  • social care assistant
  • community support worker
  • learning support assistant
  • learning mentor
  • nursery nurse
  • play leader
  • youth worker
  • family support worker
  • foster carer

This course is funded specifically for people who do not have a degree level qualification in any subject and are working with children within a London borough (you may live outside a London borough but must work in one).

Course details

To apply for this course, you must:

  • be currently working with children within a London borough (you may live outside a London borough but must work in one)
  • have no degree level qualifications in any subject area
  • have an enhanced DBS clearance certificate (proof will be required)
  • have your employer’s permission to attend the course and to carry out nursery observations

If you meet the above criteria, we will interview you. Applications from those who do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Places are limited and we reserve the right to close the application intake once we have received sufficient applications.

This course is free of charge to eligible participants. 

This course runs twice per year, in January and September. It takes place over ten Mondays between 3.00pm and 5.45pm at the Tavistock Centre in London. There may be some online learning.

This course offers students new perspectives on child development to bring to their current workplace. It is also an access course for eligible students who would like to go on to do further fully-funded study within the Tavistock.

Many of our students go on to gain funded places on Emotional care of babies, children, young people and families (EC1) and following this can progress towards a clinical training in child psychotherapy.

Why study with us?

This course has been carefully designed to support those who work with children and who want to develop their skills. The course is delivered by our experienced clinicians in our working NHS clinic.


“This course is one of the best courses I have ever done, informal but very informative. Hearing other people’s views was an eye opener – it really improved my listening skills. My relationship with the young people I work with has improved and observation has really improved my memory. It also helped me progress in my work.”
Course Graduate
“This is a truly outstanding course which is incredibly informative but also conducted in a relaxed environment. It was pivotal in improving my relationships with young people and understanding the developmental changes they’re going through. The observation exercises helped me gain confidence in my memory and writing skills.”
Course Graduate
“CPD64 was extremely valuable to my learning and improved my confidence.”
Course Graduate

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