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The course was very informative & helpful with recognising and addressing the sleep issues present during my work with young people.

Sleep Scotland offers a two-day Sleep Awareness course, equipping professionals with the skills to support families, carers, children & young people, by giving advice on sleep hygiene. As Sleep Advisors, delegates who attend this course will be able to offer support to children with simple hygiene issues, while referring complex cases to a fully trained sleep counsellor.

Further information

View a sample programme for the Sleep Awareness training course.

You can also visit our Trainer Profiles page for a list of the experts who present these courses.

How do I apply?

To apply for a course, please complete the online application form for your chosen course on our Upcoming training dates page. Contact the training team at if you require this form in an alternative format.

Who can apply?

Professionals working with typically developing children.

Professionals working with children with additional support needs alongside a colleague who is a trained sleep counsellor.

What are the objectives of the Sleep Awareness training course?

The aims of the course are as follows:

  • to give participants a good knowledge of sleep hygiene and sleep processes.
  • to gain an introduction to the principles of cognitive behavioural management

What are the expected outcomes of the Sleep Awareness training course?

At the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • provide help and advice to families, carers, children and young people in order to establish and maintain a good night-time routine for their children.
  • help parents to understand the importance of sleep and what constitutes a good sleep routine.
  • give parents techniques to help them put the routines in place at bedtime, in the middle of the night and in the early morning.

Two-tier training

Sleep Scotland believes that the two-tier model is the best way of providing a sleep service.

In the two-tier model a small number of your team will attend five-day Sleep Counsellor Training. As trained sleep counsellors, they’ll then go on to provide intensive sleep counselling to families of children with additional support needs and complex sleep problems.

A larger number of the team will attend two-day Sleep Awareness Training. As sleep support workers, they’ll be trained to provide sleep interventions to families of mainstream children or those with less complex sleep problems with the support of the fully-trained sleep counsellors. In this way all families will be able to access the level of support they require.

The two-tier model can be implemented through commissioned training or, on a smaller scale, through individuals attending our open Sleep Counsellor and Sleep Awareness courses.

Course fees

The cost of attending this two-day course is £250 (including VAT).

Can I commission a local training course?

As with all Sleep Scotland training, Sleep Awareness Training is available for commission. This is suitable for any team in Health, Education, Social Work or the Voluntary Sector who wish to train between 12 and 24 members of staff. This will be the most cost-effective way of training a number of people and we would encourage you to invite other teams in your locality, where appropriate, to share the cost. Sleep Awareness Training can only be commissioned as part of the two-tier model whereby a small number of people attend Sleep Counsellor Training. This will ensure that all parents are able to access the level of support required.

For more information, or to request a costing, please contact us at or on 0131 258 1258.

When is the next course near me?

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