Being a teenager is tough, being a parent to a teenager can feel even tougher, but being a teenager who is also carrying the additional weight of trauma and adverse childhood experiences is tougher than both combined. This course looks at some of the difficulties that all teenagers face but also, how growing up in care can exacerbate the already very difficult developmental changes and stages of adolescence. Tools and tips are provided to aid understanding and to nurture a new way of thinking about teenagers and their external behavioural expressions whilst always linking how they behave to how they feel.

Course Access

Unlimited Duration

Last Updated

10 August 2021

Course Category

Created by
TSD Standards and L&D Framework

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction and Overview 00:00:00
  • Defining Challenging Behaviours 00:00:00
  • Understanding Life In Care 00:00:00
  • Decoding Challenging Behaviours – Part 1 00:00:00
  • Decoding Challenging Behaviours – Part 2 00:00:00
  • Responding To and Communicating With Teenagers 00:00:00
  • Summary 00:00:00
  • Evaluation – Teenage Challenging Behaviours Unlimited

Course Reviews


47 ratings
  • 5 stars43
  • 4 stars3
  • 3 stars1
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  1. Sian Hetherington12 October 2021 at 8:11 am

    Teenage Challenging Behaviour


    very interesting and informative

  2. Alayne McPherson11 October 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Brilliant and In-depth


    Absolutely wonderful course from Section 31 – as always, the child’s voice is right at the forefront of every section. Full of understanding, and compassion, this course really helps you to stand back a little and view the world through the young person’s eyes.

  3. Challenging behaviour in teens


    This course was really useful. Helps professionals to really consider what it must be like for a young person growing up in care. Looking at the ABC’s of behaviour will be helpful to understand why young people behave the way they do at times.

  4. Interesting course


    Found course good and interesting

  5. Theresa Hopkins30 July 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Enlightening course


    Found this very interesting, especially as done in video form. The videos from the children are especially enlightening and make you think. I like to hear the true life experiences in the course.

  6. Joanne Thompson7 July 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Challenging teenage behaviours


    Very good course – insightful with examples and experiences of young people in care

  7. Maria Ashdown-Ford5 July 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Easy To Understand


    Superb course for anyone who is wanting to prepare for teenagers or have teenagers already. It gives you a preview of how they perceive the world to be when they are in the care environment. Helpful tips, strategies to use and valuable information

  8. Lisa Woodward1 July 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Living in care


    Emotional look at teenagers in care. Enjoyed and reminded us of past placements.

  9. Informative


    Very informative and insightful.

  10. Challenging behaviours


    Great content. Thought-provoking course

  11. Great course


    Athough within in my LA i have completed many courses in relation to this contents , I found this course very easy to understand and I could relate the majority of it to YP we have had had in our care, some very useful ideas to consider when dealing with my YP.

  12. Teenage challenging behaviours


    This is a well presented and thought provoking course, and I am glad I undertook the training.

  13. Lorraine Pegg6 June 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    Strongly recommend, so helpful to hear the other side of a story. Thank you Scott

  14. Teenage Challenging Behavious


    Nice to hear from someone who has been in care. Very relative.

  15. Teenage challenging behaviours


    Another well constructed, powerful and informative course. The design of the course captures the attention well.
    Scott is spot on when he reports that being a teenager is tough. The course explores some of the difficulties our teenagers in the care system have to attend with but it also provides really helpful hints and tips to understand the reasons for those behaviours and how to nurture them.

    I would highly recommend this course to anyone working with teenagers.

  16. Andrea Bowers19 May 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Great Course


    Excellent insight into the behaviour of teenager and how to manage this in a positive way.

  17. Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    Scott really delivers the training well ,and by his experience, we get to learn and have a better understanding of the other side of fostering.

  18. Teenagers and challenging behaviour


    A well constructed and informative course. Informative and helpful with hints and tips.

  19. Useful


    A useful reminder of how to deal with teenage children with past truamas

  20. Excellent


    Always enjoy doing Scott’s courses. A real eye opener and extremely helpful for anyone working with children.
    Thank you 😊

  21. Thanks Scott


    A really helpful informative course presented with first hand knowledge.

  22. Maxine English19 April 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Teenage challenging behaviours


    Great informative course, delivered really clearly and its been really helpful for the future.

  23. Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    very useful course and well presented

  24. Shawn Richardson9 April 2021 at 2:46 pm

    teenage challenging behaviour


    informative perspective from a young persons point of view

  25. Teenage challenging behaviour


    An excellent course for anyone working and caring for teenagers.

  26. Alison Churchill16 March 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    Excellent, truly insightful, very helpful indeed

  27. Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    It was a very real and insightful course. It really gave some insight into teenage behaviours, what they might display and how they can feel every day. This course gave great advice on how to interact and deal with certain challenges they may face to help them through it.
    Very professional and put together. We also got so much out of the two stories. Thank you 🙂

  28. Michael Robinson13 March 2021 at 12:39 pm

    teenage challenging behaviour


    good course especially for new foster carers

  29. Claire Buckton12 March 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Teenage challenging behaviour


    I really found this course so easy to listen to, it’s always interesting to see views from another perspective it helps to understand the negative behaviour we get regularly and helps de code it!

  30. challenging teenagers


    very informative and well explained

  31. Teenage Challenging Behaviours


    Excellent Course, Very Informative

  32. Understanding Teenage Behaviour in Care


    An excellent, clear course.

  33. Alexia Pallister24 February 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Challenging Behaviour


    Wonderfully presented training with a powerful message in relation to understanding the reasons behind children and young people’s emotive behaviours.

  34. Brilliant


    Fantastic insight and knowledge.will help any career or parent

  35. defining challenging behaviours


    was informative and clearly presented

  36. Teenage Challenging Behaviour


    It can be hard sometimes not to take thinks personal, things are said in the heat of the moment, watching and seeing the child grow into a beautiful young caring person for me has been rewarding and this course says it all through their eyes.

  37. Very insightful


    Another fantastic course. This is my second and I have to say that the content is brilliant. It is clear, concise and very informative. More importantly though, it really makes you think and question your approach, in a good way of course.

  38. Teenage Challenging Behaviour


    This course provides a comprehensive overview of presenting behaviours which encourages carers to consider what lies behind a behaviour to the feelings and emotions that are there in the young person so that we can start to learn how to respond to how they feel not how they behave. Personal stories from Scott and two other people with care experience highlight a range of emotions and responses by the care systems and by carers and birth families in their stories which bring heart and reality to the content of the course. Another great course. Looking forward to attending others.

  39. Teenage challenging behaviour


    Good course good to hear someone saying not every behaviour is because the kids are in care. This seems to be a go to excuse for normal things. Yes some things are related to past trauma and need support but some things are normal growing up stuff. Self empowerment should be the aim of us all for our kids. The grown ups can learn to from our kids if we just listen deeper.

  40. Catherine Keyworth16 November 2020 at 7:14 pm

    teenage challenging behaviour


    I found this course very insightful and helpful. It should help me to be more understanding and focus my attention more on what the young person needs to develop

  41. Great course


    We have reservations about caring for teenagers and our Social Worker asked us to reserve judgement until we have completed our Skills to Foster course. Well I don’t think we need to wait until then as your knowledge and honesty throughout these modules has given us an insight into some of the problems and emotions these teenagers have to deal with and how to cope . This one course has made us think differently about caring for teenagers -we now understand that learning to understand their behaviours is not that different to any other aged child from a similar background and with the same challenges. We are now reconsidering our options …
    The only thing I would say that we would have liked from this course is some more reference sheets to download . We made notes on behaviours but found there was a lot of information to write down and it distracted slightly from listening to the content (although we will be running through some of the sections again before completing .

  42. A real insight


    This course offers real insight into how a teenager thinks, feels and reacts to the challenges of moving through their teenage years into adulthood. Scott’s honest delivery of the subject and his insight from personal experience as well as working with teenagers is invaluable. He challenges you to do things better, to look beyond the behaviour and not to give up on those who need us most.

  43. Excellent!


    This course is excellent, It will help carers/social workers/parents understand and be able to communicate with their teenager..
    it may also remind them that they were young once (and probably did many of these behaviours)
    I have fostered teenagers for most of my years fostering and am definitely Team Teen.
    This course will give a greater understanding of why teens react in ways that dont always make sense and how to approach those issues…
    I also think this course reminds us that all children need love, we just have to find how best to show them we love/care about them..

  44. Useful and insightful


    Thank you Scott, I really enjoyed this course. I have found the information very useful and insightful. I would recommend this to anyone who is currently fostering a teenager or is thinking about doing so.

  45. excellent course


    this has been the best online course to follow im not great on courses this was easily to understand and detail was excellent with good knowledge shown this will definitely help with supporting our lad

  46. Excellent course - highly recommend


    A thought-provoking course that highlights how teenagers in care think and feel about us, the system, and the world around them. Ultimately, providing a better understanding of what drives their behaviour.
    Understanding that their “behaviour makes them feel what they feel” and how we, as carers, can help and support them to create a more safe, understanding home environment in which they can successfully grow into young adults.
    Ultimately, that seeking to exercise control over teenagers is futile, and that it is only through building a trusted relationship can we help them navigate their own feelings which in turn, will help them make better sense of the world they were born into.
    An excellent course and one I would highly recommend.

  47. Insightful & engaging course


    I care for teens (#teamteens) and I found this course to be insightful, hard hitting in places, brutally honest, informative and personal. Scott always makes it feel that hes in the room with you when you’re doing an online course and this is rare. He and his information will keep you engaged throughout and come out the end with not only a certificate but also many thoughts and feelings that will last a long time. Always refreshing to do a Section 31 course.

About Us

We want to stop children being moved from home to home by standing as an advocate for the “naughty kids” and promote a new perspective of care and give a new, deeper level of understanding.

Great Dunmow, Essex, UK

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