Adoption training courses

Course name​
​An Introduction to Attachment - Adopters Only
​Letterbox training
​Life story
​Managing Behaviour for under 10s
​Separation and Loss - Adopters only
​Course name
​Introduction to Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
​Psychology - Stage 1
​Psychology - Stage 2 - Behaviour Management
​Psychology - Stage 2 - Caring for Challenging Adolescents
​Psychology - Stage 2 - Thought, feelings and Behaviours
​Psychology Stage 2 – Using Stories to Help Children Understand and Build Attachment
​Course name
​Child development
​Child Sexual Exploitation - Protect and Respect
​Diversity and equality - Coming soon
​First aid for baby and child
​Health of Looked After Children
​Helping Children Move to Adoption / Long Term Fostering
​Managing Behaviour for over 10s
​Safeguarding children
​Safer caring
​Course name
​Attachment and loss
​Life story work
Course name​
​ADHD and Conduct Disorders
​Child protection awareness
​Children and domestic abuse
​Children and Parental Mental Health Issues
​Children and Parental Substance Abuse
​Drug Awareness for Parents and Carers
​Education and Trauma
Equality and Diversity
​Female Genital Mutilation
​Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Food, hygiene and nutrition
​Healing Environments
​Impulsive Behaviour
​Internet pornography and its effect on young people
​Life story work
​Making sense of adolescence
​Online Safety and the Impact of Social Media
​Physical and Learning Disabilities
​Play Therapy
​Positive Parenting Techniques
​Promoting Health and Development
​Resilience and Recovery
​Safe Use of Medication
​Self-Harming Behaviours
​Sexual Development and Sexual Abuse
​Sexual Exploitation and Child Trafficking
​Sexualised Behaviour
​Supporting education of traumatised children
​Teenage challenging behaviour
​The role of panel members in fostering and adoption
​Therapeutic Care: Social Pedagogy
​Transitions and vulnerability
​Understanding adoption
​Understanding dyslexia and dyspraxia

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 online booking system and view the available face-to-face training.

Please follow the guidelines 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 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 end of the page and select ‘Continue’ for more information and to view dates.
  5. Choose a date and select ‘sign up’ next to date required.
  6. Tick the box to agree to terms and conditions.
  7. Managers Name will be the 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 prior to the training date booked.

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. Select 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 are unable to cancel this yourself, you will have to email

How to sign up for e-learning

  1. Access e-learning training via AC Education.
  2. Go to the 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 a time.

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