Responding to the warning by the Local Government Association which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, that children's social care is at breaking point, The Fostering Network said: ‘Like the LGA, we have been concerned for some time that the pressure on children’s social care budgets is becoming unsustainable.

In the tribunal case brought by foster carers James and Christine Johnstone against Glasgow City Council, Mr and Mrs Johnstone were judged to be employees of the council in their role within the Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care team.

In his ruling yesterday, Judge McFatridge stated: ‘In finding for the claimants in this case I am not in any way making a finding about the status of ordinary mainstream foster carers. What I am saying is that on the basis of the facts in the current case, the claimants were employees of the respondents.’