Early Intervention: Promoting mental health and maximising outcomes for children and families

Key information

Start date:
12 November 2024
Attendance dates:

12, 13, 21 November 2024

10, 11, 16, 17 December 2024

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module will provide an overview of early intervention as a means of improving the life chances of children, with particular reference to addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES), including building knowledge and skills relating to supporting and assessing mental health and wellbeing. Through development of skills and understanding of evidence base, the module will enable the student to engage in early intervention work that will support the social and emotional development of infant, children and young people.

In addition to interprofessional learning, there will be opportunities for students from different disciplines to develop professional identity through facilitated sessions focusing on their healthcare background.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • To develop a critical understanding in relation to supporting children, families and carers to maximise the life chances of children and young people and improve outcomes. 
  • To critically analyse theories that impact on infant, child and adolescent development, with particular reference to impact on social and emotional development.
  • To increase awareness, knowledge and skills relating to infant, child, adolescent and family mental health, considering impact on children’s development and long-term health outcomes.
  • To building knowledge of working with other agencies to improve outcomes for children and families. 
  • To critically apply early intervention theories to your professional area of practice, to promote positive relationships within families.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Consideration of the impact of attitudes, values, beliefs, expectations, faiths and cultures on parenting and families.
  • Knowledge of parental, infant, child and adolescent mental health and treatment/referral pathways.
  • Impact of mental health on family dynamics, child development and long term outcomes. 
  • Contemporaneous evidence based early intervention strategies that are holistic, inclusive and responsive to the needs infant, children, young people and families.
  • Theories of Attachment and bonding.
  • Understanding of neuroscience and it’s impact on development.
  • Explore the theory of the development of identity. 
  • The impact of intergenerational dependency and adversity factors on children and young people.
  • Knowledge of the theory of resilience and how this can be applied for children and families in practice.
  • Current policy, practice and provision in relation to early interventions.
  • Understanding interprofessional roles and partnership working across agencies and communities in early intervention work.
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers, using strength based approaches, to empower and facilitate support to access early intervention services for children and family.
  • Explore parenting behaviours to support positive, nurturing child and family relationships.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Online – learning materials / discussion boards 
  • Classroom discussions
  • Student-led seminars
  • Problem based learning 
  • Profession led case studies / scenarios
  • Simulation
  • Reflective discussions linking theory to practice. 


The summative assessment for this module consists of:

A viva based on a seen scenario related to the your area of practice. You will be required to deliver a 15-minute presentation to a panel made up of the module team. 

Course leader

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Felicity Jones

Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care (Population Health), Director of Studies for Specialist Practice

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Working in healthcare with children, young people and families.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically show six weeks before the module start date or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to postreg_admin@surrey.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH