This unit focuses on issues related to social and emotional wellbeing, including a person’s capacity to function well in society and lead a fulfilling and productive life.

In this unit, you will cover:

  • Theoretical foundations of children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • Supporting and promoting children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • Understanding children and young people’s experiences of change, loss and grief.

You’ll critically examine the concepts of resilience and mental health and develop strategies to facilitate connectedness, belonging, positive expectations and opportunities for meaningful participation. Special focus is placed on children’s experiences of change, loss and grief.

Learning outcomes

  • Examine notions of social and emotional wellbeing, the continuum of mental health and notions of resilience
  • Identify and discuss the causes, indicators and risk factors associated with children’s mental health, including issues of change, loss and grief
  • Explain the role that schools, community organisations and professions, governments and families play in promoting health
  • Critically evaluate a range of health promotion models, strategies, services and resources designed to support health promotion with particular focus on social and emotional wellbeing
  • Reflect on ways they can better support children and young people’s health within their own professional context.


You are assessed according to the following three components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion board: 5%
  • Rationale: 45%
  • Planning brief: 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Education.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.