Hampshire Children and Families Forum

One of the mums at my daughters school told me of her involvement with this charity…

Hampshire Children and Families Forum (HCFF) is a registered charity (No. 1080170) and has 20 local branches across Hampshire in the UK. HCFF works to support the needs of families within each local community. It gives parents and carers an opportunity to say what is needed and to become involved in making it happen.

Aims

HCFF aims to promote high quality provision of services and facilities for children under fourteen to enable them to fulfil their potential.

HCFF aims to support children, young people and their families by:

  • Identifying the needs of the local community
  • Providing a voice for families through local and county representation
  • Informing families about quality services and provisions
  • Working in partnership with families, statutory, voluntary and community organisations to meet the needs of the local community

HCFF fully supports the Government’s ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and its aims are in line with the five outcomes: Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, Achieve Economic Well-being.

Objectives

1. Effective two-way communication.

Provide a single point of reference for information and advice to statutory agencies, voluntary organisations, parents and employers.

2. Pro-active working.

Identify gaps in provision and influence the planning and development of services in Hampshire.

3. Influencing policy

Advocate and campaign on behalf of families through the provision of evidence based research.

4. Community development

Campaign to ensure that all families gain access to high quality childcare, which value diversity promotes equality and, wherever practical, is locally available.

Branch activities

In each of its 20 areas, HCFF publishes a newsletter each term, free of charge, keeping families informed as to what is happening in their area.

It also highlights issues that are happening at county and national level that may affect you. Details of the branch meetings, to which you are invited to attend, are also listed in the newsletter and on the HCFF website.

A map of the areas covered, and contact details of local branch coordinators can be found by clicking here.

Working in Partnership

HCFF works together with other local statutory, voluntary and community groups to provide and support a whole range of services, targeted specifically at the needs of the local community. This could be anything from developing parenting courses to running a family fun day!

HCFF works in partnership with:

  • Parents
  • Those working in childcare and development
  • Health professionals
  • Community Development officers
  • Teachers and Head Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Children’s services representatives

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