Fostering, Family Link and Connected Persons training courses

Training courses

  • ​First aid for baby and child
  • ​Introduction to Internet Safety and Cyber bullying
  • ​Child Sexual Exploitation: Protect and Respect
  • ​Connected Persons Induction
  • ​Allegations
  • ​Child development
  • ​Child Sexual Exploitation: Protect and Respect (if not completed prior to approval) 
  • ​Contact
  • ​Court room skills
  • ​Delegated authority
  • ​Education of Looked After Children
  • ​Fostering Changes - older children 10 years plus
  • ​Fostering Changes - 3 to 11 years
  • ​Managing behaviour for over 10s
  • ​Managing behaviour for under 10s
  • ​Helping children move to adoption or long term fostering
  • ​Preparation for Return to Birth Family
  • ​Procedures and record keeping
  • ​Safeguarding Children
  • ​Safer caring
  • ​Separation and Loss
  • ​An Introduction to Attachment
  • ​Developing skills in Reading (primary aged children)
  • ​​Developing Skills for English and Maths
  • ​Fostering Changes (if not completed in core training)
  • ​Health of Looked After Children
  • ​Life Story
  • ​Psychology - Stage 1
  • ​Attachment and Loss
  • ​Child Protection Awareness Level 1 and Refresher course
  • ​Equality and Diversity and Refresher Course
  • ​Online Safety and the impact of Social Media
  • ​Promoting Positive Contact
  • ​Record Keeping in Foster Care
  • ​Safer Foster Care
  • ​Sexual Exploitation and Child Trafficking
  • ​Understanding Child Development
  • ​Working with Disabled Children and Young People
  • ​ADHD and Conduct Disorders
  • ​Autism
  • ​Bullying
  • ​Children and Domestic Abuse
  • ​Children and Parental Mental Health Issues
  • ​Children and Parental Substance Abuse
  • ​Children and Young People who run away from Social Care
  • ​Children's Rights
  • ​Communicating with Children and Young People
  • ​Drug Awareness for Parents and Carers
  • ​Education and Trauma
  • ​Female Genital Mutilation
  • ​Foetal Alcohol Spectral Disorder
  • ​Food Hygiene and Nutrition
  • ​Food Hygiene and Safety
  • ​Fostering Asylum and Refugee Children
  • ​Healing Environments
  • ​Impulsive Behaviour
  • ​Internet pornography and its effect on young people
  • ​Kinship Care
  • ​Life Story Work
  • ​Making Sense of Adolescence
  • ​Men in Children's Services
  • ​Multi-Agency Working
  • ​Physical and Learning Disabilities
  • ​Play Therapy
  • ​Positive Learning Techniques
  • ​Promoting Health and Development
  • ​Resilience and Recovery
  • ​Risk Management and Safer Working
  • ​Safe Use of Medication
  • ​Self Harming Behaviours
  • ​Sexual Development and Sexual Abuse
  • ​Sexualised Behaviour
  • ​Supporting the Education of Traumatised Children
  • Supporting Young People Leaving Care
  • ​Teenage Challenging Behaviour
  • The Role of Panel Members in Fostering and Adoption
  • ​Transitions and Vulnerability
  • ​Understanding Adoption
  • ​Understanding Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
  • ​Vulnerable Children Having Vulnerable Children
  • ​Working with Disabled Children and Young People
  • ​Theraplay – Attachment Based Therapeutic Parenting
  • ​Psychology 2 – Behaviour Management
  • ​Psychology 2 – Caring for Challenging Adolescents
  • ​Psychology 2 – Using Stories to Help Children Understand their Past and Build Attachment
  • ​Psychology 2 – Thoughts Feelings Behaviours
  • ​Reflective Practice
  • Therapeutic Care: Social Pedagogy

All of our foster carers also have free access to Research in Practice resources.

How to apply for training​

Sign in to iLearn 

If you have not used iLearn before you will need to create an account to access the on-line booking system and view the face to face training we have in place.

Please follow the guidelines below to get started.

How to create an account

  1. Sign in to iLearn.
  2. Create an account (you choose a username and password).
  3. Enter your details.
  4. Job title will be Foster Carer or Adoptive Parent.
  5. Enter contact telephone number.
  6. Select ‘Choose Organisation’.
  7. Select the plus symbol (+) next to ‘Northamptonshire Other’.
  8. Select the plus symbol (+) next to ‘Other’.
  9. Select ‘Northamptonshire Foster carers and Adopters’.
  10. Select ‘OK’.
  11. Select ‘Create my Account’.

This will then put you into an authorisation queue.

How to book onto training (once an account has been created)

  1. Log in using your username and password.
  2. Select the tile ‘Northamptonshire Fostering & Adoption'.
  3. Scroll down and select the course you are interested in.
  4. Go to the bottom of the page and select ‘Continue’ for more information and to view dates.
  5. Choose a date and select ‘sign up’ next to the date required.
  6. Tick the box to agree to terms and conditions.
  7. Managers Name will be supervising social workers name.
  8. Manager Email Address will be the supervising social workers email address.
  9. Select ‘agree and submit’.
  10. If you're asked for a Cost Centre No. enter 0000.

You will receive a confirmation email instantly and then a reminder email 4 weeks before the date of the course booked.

 Signing up for an iLearn account

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How to cancel training

  1. Log in using your username and password.
  2. Select the tile ‘Northamptonshire Fostering & Adoption.
  3. Select the course title you wish to cancel.
  4. Scroll down.
  5. Select ‘Cancel Booking’.
  6. Choose reason.
  7. Select ‘Yes’.

You will receive confirmation of your cancellation instantly. If you need to cancel within 15 days of the course date and you are unable to cancel this yourself, you will have to email to cancel.

How to sign up for e-learning

  1. Access e-learning training via AC Education
  2. Go to AC Education website.
  3. Sign in to your account

If you do not have an account set up then speak with your supervising social worker, who can put in a request for you.

There is a cost attached to each e-learning course we allocate, for this reason we ask that e-learning training is completed within 1 month of it being allocated to you. Only one course can be requested at one time.

It is an expectation that an e-learning course will be completed by carers within three months of allocation.