‘Psychological first aid’ training is now available online for coaches, parents and club staff.
Supported by Public Health England, the free three-hour online training course aims to equip people to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by the pandemic.
Upon completion, participants can expect to have a greater understanding of PFA and identify who may benefit most from support and how to offer this across different age groups.
A study published by children’s charity Barnados in August 2020 revealed that almost a third (30 per cent) of more than 1,000 parents polled said that their children were often frustrated, with more than a quarter (28 per cent) saying they get angry more easily and more than one-in-five (21 per cent) saying they are sleeping less at times since the first UK lockdown in March 2020.
It’s free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.