This new innovative programme will help foster carers and all those who work with fostered children and young people to understand and respond holistically to the child, recognising that good relationships are central to promoting social, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Responding to the publication of The Fostering System in England which was commissioned to inform the Westminster Government's national stocktake of fostering, Jackie Sanders, director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network said: 'The literature review is a comprehensive round up of the significant issues surrounding fostering in 2017. We are pleased that the reviewers have highlighted the positive impact that foster care has on fostered children and young people.

Responding to the article in Community Care Children’s services directors wary of moves to ‘professionalise’ foster carers, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: ‘To debate whether or not using the term professional would be appropriate for foster carers is a redundant argument.

We welcome the new chair of the Westminster Education Committee, Robert Halfon MP, who was elected yesterday.

The Education Committee is the cross-party parliamentary body, independent of Government, that scrutinises the work of the Department for Education. The committee therefore has an important role in holding the Westminster Government to account.

The Fostering Network will be reading the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices with interest, especially in regards to if, or how, its findings and recommendations might be applied to foster care.

We extend a warm welcome to the new Minister of State for Children and Families in England, Robert Goodwill, and hope that under his watch there will be a greater emphasis on foster care than under previous parliaments.