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E-learning for Foster Carers


As from the 20 March 2022 KnowledgeNet is no longer accessible. Workforce Development will be launching a new system within the coming weeks and further information about the launch of the new system will follow as soon as possible.  Any courses not fully complete on KnowledgeNet can not be transferred across to the new system or added to your training record (this includes completing the evaluation form and generating the certificate). 


Kate Cairns Online

To request a user account for KCA Online, please e-mail us on We will e-mail your username and login details, along with an e-learning policy/agreement.  You need to read and and e-mail back stating your acceptance of this.  You will also receive an e-mail from KCA Online asking you to activate your account.

Once you have decided which KCA course you want to undertake e-mail and let us know what course you want allocated to you.  Due to KCA periodically updating their course content we only allocate one KCA course at a time.

None of the KCA courses will cover your mandatory/core training but will count towards your annual training requirements.

KCA Online Course List

  • Adolescence 
  • Assessing and managing risk 
  • Attachment and brain development 
  • Behaviour and the physical environment 
  • Behaviour and the physical environment: Adapting the physical environment to promote recovery from trauma 
  • Brain development and positive parenting 
  • Building individual and community resilience 
  • Building resilience 
  • Child development 
  • Child protection 
  • Child sexual exploitation: Protecting children and young people from harm 
  • Children and young people who misuse substances 
  • Children's rights 
  • Communicating with children and young people 
  • Confidentiality and record keeping 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Eating disorders: A relationship-based approach to prevention and recovery 
  • Emotion coaching 
  • Emotion coaching: A systemic, relational approach to behaviour 
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Five to Thrive for Life: Adolescence 
  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Systemic approaches to improving life chances for children and young people 
  • Foetal exposure to alcohol 
  • Impulsive behaviour 
  • Introduction to attachment and brain development 
  • Introduction to child development 
  • Introduction to child protection 
  • Introduction to communicating with children and young people 
  • Introduction to promoting secure attachment: Brain development and positive parenting 
  • Introduction to understanding trauma 
  • Making safe connections - the digital revolution, neuroscience and human attachment needs 
  • Maladaptive behaviours: Promoting recovery for children who harm themselves 
  • Narrative work 
  • Narrative work: The development of a positive sense of self 
  • Parental mental health issues 
  • Secondary trauma 
  • Secondary trauma and community resilience 
  • Self-harming behaviours 
  • Self-injuring and self-sabotaging behaviours: A relationship-based approach to prevention and recovery 
  • Sexualised behaviour: Issues in foster care 
  • Sexualised behaviour: Managing risk, promoting recovery 
  • Transitions and vulnerability 
  • Understanding trauma 
  • Vulnerability, trauma and recovery 



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