The annual HFN Fostering Conference is the biggest free foster care conference in the South of England, and is run with the kind help and support of Winchester University at the Strip Theatre on the University main campus every September.
Since the first inaugural conference six years ago, which was only open to Hampshire County foster carers, HFN are proud to provide cutting edge presentations from leading, world - class experts in their fields which relate to the provision, care and promotion of foster care. Such is the reputation of the HFN conference that it is now widely attended by social workers, NHS staff and other interested professions with the limited, much sought–after spaces going faster every year.
Each year has a different lineup, but one constant is our ‘Trade Stand’ feature, where large space is allocated to fostering related organisations, which this year, Thursday 5 th September 2019, includes CAMHS, the HFN Library, Fostering support, Independent Reviewing Officers, the National Citizen Service, Non Violent Resistance, Virtual College, the Hampshire Willow Team and our hosts and sponsors, Winchester University. The conference is run to allow for commuting and childcare considerations between 09.15 am and 2.30 pm. You can download the conference flyer HERE
Feedback for the HFN Conferences - 2017/2018
"I am writing to say I thoroughly enjoyed the HFN conference last week and made some really good contacts across Hampshire as a result. It was such a well organised event and both inspiring and informative"
"First time at your conference was absolutely fascinating! Great speakers and Dr Sigman’s research and insight must have had an effect on everyone in that room. Met some wonderful people too"
"I wanted to drop you a line to say how impressed I was with the conference yesterday. It was very well organised, there was excellent attendance and some thought provoking presentations. So my thanks and well done to you and HFN committee members for organising such a valuable event"
“This is a fabulous conference, and improves every year. Please pass on my thanks to the organisers for such a well-run, challenging and thought provoking event.”