Organisers & Partners

Conference Organisers:

International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO)

The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is an international network dedicated solely to the promotion and support of quality alternative family-based foster care across the world.  Through our global regional and national events, trainings, seminars and conferences we provide a multi-cultural platform where young people, foster carers, social workers, academics, researchers, volunteers, media, policy makers and others meet, collaborate and support each other on a global basis. Over its 30-year-long history,  IFCO has been a pioneer in advocating for the rights of children in need of care and protection to live in a family. Our role is to share global experience to achieve excellence in alternative care. For more information please visit


Care Leavers Association (CLA)




CLA is the leading User Led charity for Care experienced people of all ages in the UK striving to ensure that all care leavers have the space and means to input their experiences into achieving a good life in care and a good life after care. Its mission is to bring together the voices of care leavers of all ages so that they improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children. For more information please visit



Hosting Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU)

Sheffield Hallam is one of the largest universities in the UK, with 33,099 students.  96% of this student population is drawn from state schools or colleges with 18% coming from low participation areas. Supporting care experienced young people has been a high priority for the University for a number of years and they have led the way across the sector. SHU was one of the first six institutions to be awarded the Frank Buttle Quality Mark for the work they do with youth from care and this work continues today. SHU delivers a variety of projects and activities, which are focused on raising the aspirations of children in care from a young age. They then continue to support them into Higher Education and beyond.  Currently, there are 55 care leavers studying at SHU and average enrolment has increased steadily to 18-20 per year from 13 in 2009. For more information please visit




The Fostering Network






The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity. They are passionate about the difference foster care makes to children and young people. Transforming fostered children’s lives is at the heart of everything they do. 

‘We are the essential network for foster care, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children, inspiring, motivating and supporting them to make foster care better. Together, we’re a powerful catalyst for change, influencing and shaping fostering policy and practice at every level. 

‘We work to ensure that all fostered children have a positive experience of family life, supporting them to have high aspirations, to overcome the challenges of their early lives and to achieve the very best.

‘We help foster carers to improve children’s lives. We champion the vital role they and their families play in helping fostered children, and work to ensure they are properly recognised, valued and supported.’

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