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Online training

There are lots of online opportunities for adoptive parents and foster carers to avail of in the comfort of your own home. We encourage all of our adopters and foster carers to consider taking some of these online courses as they cover a wide range of topics.

Please ensure your supervising social workers and training co-ordinator know if you have completed any online training courses so they can update your training record.

To read what kinship foster carer, Orla, has to say about online training click here.

Click on the name of the resource to be redirected to the view the resource.

Name of Training Course / Resource Organisation
First Aid
Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

Future Learn

Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero

Future Learn & Various Universities

What is Abuse? – Advice Safeguarding Board for NI
Child Sexual Exploitation Advice

  • What is CSE?
  • How would I know if my child was being exploited?
  • What can you do?
Safeguarding Board for NI

Internet Safety – HSC Foster Carer Resource

 Fostering in a Digital World App

Safeguarding – What is Child Abuse?


Healthy Sexual Development in Young People – Sexual Behaviour in Children


Behaviour Management

LSCB Neglect Video: Michelle’s Story LSCB
Mindfulness Resources Aware NI
Supporting Young People with their Mental Health Young Minds
Understanding Suicide and Suicide Prevention Strategies in a Global Context Future Learn
Suicide Prevention Resources Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA)
Gateway to Good Sleep Sleep Scotland
Self-awareness and stress reduction in managing conflict Dr Emma Morris Family Ties
Advice and guidance for conflict and separation Anna Freud centre
Understanding ADHD – free App to support families

Changing Lives Initiative

Preparing Autistic & Special Educational Needs (SEND) Children for going back to school

Reachout ASC

Therapeutic Parenting 

National Association of Therapeutic Parenting

Suicide Awareness

Zero Suicide Alliance

Young People and Their Mental Health

Future Learn & Various Universities

Supporting Young People with their Mental Health

Young Minds

Growing an Emotional Brain


Brain Builders


Prebirth to three – Brain Development

Suzanne Zeedyk

Teach Self-Regulation (Self-Control) | Early Childhood Development

Kreative Leadership


Theraplay Institute

Living Life to the Full (18+) -Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts


Common Difficulties in the Early Years

Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families

15-Minute Parenting: Parental responses to self-harming behaviour

Joanna Fortun (podcast)

Attachment & Trauma

Bereavement Resources
Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership

Attachment in the Early Years

Open University

Trauma and the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective

Stephen Porges

Trauma, Brain & Relationship: Helping Children Heal

Bruce Perry

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Future Learn & Various Universities

Developmental Trauma

Beacon House

Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health

Future Learn & Various Universities

Child Trauma Academy

Child Trauma Academy & Bruce Perry

ACEs – Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

Early Trauma Online – Dan Hughes

Northern Ireland Framework for Integrated Therapeutic Care for Looked After Children and Young People

Department of Health

Respecting and Valuing the Individual

Exploring Learning Disabilities: Supporting Belonging

Open University

Disability Matters

The Fostering Network & Disability Matters

Healthy Lives for Young People- A Guide to Sexual Health & Wellbeing



RISE NI (Regional Integrated Support for Education NI) supports children in schools by working closely with parents and school staff to help children develop the foundation skills for Learning


Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TED

“What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?” asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers.

Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children’s healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behaviour and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five.

Ted Talk

Agencies, children and young people, families and communities across Northern Ireland working together – to improve outcomes for children and young people through integrated planning and commissioning

Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership

Understanding children’s emotional health

PHA is offering free online courses with Clinical Psychologists to help parents understand their children better and to help them look after their emotional health.

Enter code to access the list of free training: NIFAMILIES 

Public Health Agency

Free online parent training

Includes understanding your child’s feelings, their mental health and wellbeing, understanding children with additional needs, your relationships and your teen’s brain

Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership

Solihull Approach

Understanding your child

FREE thanks to Public Health Northern Ireland who have pre-paid for every parent and carer in Northern Ireland.

Access Code: NIBABIES

Based on research about children’s emotional needs and behaviour. Written by CAMHS experts; Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists; Health Visitors & Educators.

Solihull Approach

Building our Children’s Developing Brain

A series of webinars to strengthen resilience, coping and relationships in our families. Available to all foster carers

Ed Sipler, Health Development Specialist in Alcohol and Drug, Mental Health – Addictions Services SEHSCT

10 Things You Can DO To Feel Better Right Now


Living Life to the Full


The Foster Care Training Hub

The Big Initiative


How Not To Go To School – downloadable story book

Rebecca Sampson

Coronavirus – a book for children

The Nosey Crow

Caring for Each Other

Sesame Street

Tiny Happy People


What Just Happened?

What just happened booklet (final)

Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland

FREE supportive and reassuring information sessions on the challenges of parenting

Connected for Life

Stress Control online classes

Department of Health – Dr Jim White

15 minute parenting podcast


Joanna Fortune

Online safety resources

Several different workshops covering:
Primary school – Mental Maths
Post Primary – Post 16 options, GCSE choices
Further Education
Helping Children Learn
Special Educational Needs
Cultural Awareness(Click to find out more & book)

The Fostering Network

Resource Hub (resources to help with drugs and alcohol)


Free parenting courses

  • includes understanding your child and teen’s feelings

To sign up click on ‘our place’ at top of website and register

All courses are free with the access code: NIBABIES

Solihull Parenting Course