Online Training Courses

Online Training Courses

We offer an online version of our courses on children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour, suitable for practitioners particularly in Children’s Services, Youth Offending Teams, CAMHs, Education, Residential and Foster Care, Specialist HSB services. For Residential and Foster Carer Training, please contact us directly

Quality Assurance

We have organised our training into Foundation and Advanced level courses, with clear criteria for who should attend, to support commissioners in purchasing the appropriate level of AIM training for their workers, to gain the maximum impact on their practice. We also sell our books with our training so that the participants have the resources to put their learning into practice when they return to work.

Competency Requirement for AIM3 and AIM Under 12

 We have introduced a competency requirement for the AIM3 and AIM Under 12s assessment courses, as part of our quality assurance policy, to increase the quality of AIM assessments undertaken and improve the impact on outcomes for children and young people, by checking if the participants have understood and can demonstrate competence in applying the relevant model (AIM3 or AIM Under 12s), using a case study.

If the participants pass the case study, they will be approved by The AIM Project to use the relevant model and will receive an Approval Certificate which is valid for 3 years. Only those who have been approved can use the model.  Post course, quality assurance about how the AIM3 or AIM Under 12s models are used in practice should be provided through the practitioner’s line management.

After 3 years, the approval will need to be renewed to keep practice up to date with current research and thinking re HSB. This will be done through The AIM Project contacting the original course Commissioners to offer a Reapproval course. If any individual approaching their 3 year limit, is concerned that they have not been offered a Reapproval course, they can contact The AIM Project directly

Technical Requirements

        • Zoom or Microsoft Teams
          We can deliver training in either the Zoom or Microsoft Teams platforms, our preference is for Zoom, as it is easier to facilitate group work with the participants. We can use Microsoft Teams, however we will discuss with you potential IT support from your organisation

          In order for your workers to be able to access the full functionality of our online training, particularly group work, they will need to have downloaded the Microsoft Teams app or Zoom app dependent on which platform you are using.

          Some organisations use Microsoft Teams for work meetings but without the app, the worker will not be able to access the full course, so please ensure that everyone attending has downloaded the relevant app.
        • Appropriate Devices
          Our experience is that workers attempting to access the training through mobile phones or I Pads are not able to access the full functionality of the platforms and this will impact on their ability to engage in the training and may be disruptive to the training. Therefore, we recommend that all participants join the training using a laptop.

        • Reducing technical difficulties on the day
          All participants will be sent pre-course material where appropriate and an email link for joining the course. We recommend participants test that they can access the platform in advance of the training, rather than on the morning of the training, which may lead to delays in the start of the training for everyone.

        • Personal Impact
          The nature of our subject matter means that we cover some complex and difficult information and case examples during our training. During the Covid situation particularly, we ask Commissioners to be mindful that workers may be accessing these courses in their own homes and that this may have a personal impact on them or on family members also within the household, particularly children. Therefore, we ask that participants try to ensure they are in a quiet space away from household members during the training and suggest that managers check in with their staff following training.

        • Commitment to the Training
          During the Covid situation, we are aware that many participants are trying to juggle home and work life, however, we would ask Commissioners to ensure that their workers are available to do the training as if it were delivered face to face, we have experienced disruptions with participants taking time out of the course to attend to domestic issues. We are also aware of participants continuously receiving work emails as they are logged onto their computers and feeling under pressure to respond to these which again is disruptive to their training experience.


Foundation Courses

For more details, please click on the course title for the course profile and a booking form

Foundation Awareness Courses:  Attendance Criteria
All our foundation awareness courses are one day and are open to practitioners from all agencies. They have been created to develop a professional understanding of children and young people who display HSB. This will benefit those who need to understand these behaviours but who may not be involved in assessments or direct work, as well those practitioners who wish to go on to take our advanced courses.


Advanced Courses

All our advanced courses are designed to build on previous knowledge of HSB, either through attendance on our foundation courses, or through relevant practice experience, therefore they are pitched at a more advanced level of practice knowledge and understanding. The courses cover the AIM models for assessment and intervention for children and adolescents and, also specialist topics such as Technology-Assisted HSB and Restorative Practice and HSB. It also includes a Supervisor’s Course and a course for Senior education staff with a safeguarding responsibility.


For most of our Advanced courses, books and workbooks on the Model or Practice Guidance are required for the training and provide a useful resource to support the implementation of the training into practice following the course.

A book is the full book for the course, which has all the relevant information which underpins the Model or Practice Guidance, including up to date research and theoretical underpinnings.

A workbook is the practical part of the full book

For our AIM 3 and AIM Under 12’s, each participant will require access to either a full book or a work book, so for each course we require that commissioners purchase two full books so that all the practitioners have access to this research and theoretical underpinnings when writing their reports and the remainder can be purchased as workbooks

For our AIM Intervention and AIM Restorative Practice Training there are no workbooks and course commissioners need to purchase a minimum quantity of 5 full books per course.

For our Education Training, each school would need to order at least one copy of our AIM Education Guidance.

Your requirements will be discussed with you when booking a course

** Please note that both these courses have a competency requirement, see Introduction for more details

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