We welcome the recommendations set out in the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) final report published yesterday that sets clearer expectations at a national, regional and local level in England, Scotland and Wales to ensure that all children in care are living in placements that meets all their needs.    

Today the Department of Health in Northern Ireland announced additional funding of almost £1 million to support foster carers and supported lodging hosts.

The funding package aims to help foster carers to continue the vital work they are doing, by providing additional funding of £25 per week for each child or young person being looked after between January 2022 and March 2022.

The Fostering Network is calling on all fostering services in the UK to implement a foster carers’ charter, as its latest report on the status of foster carers highlights that foster carers are not treated with the respect and value their vital role warrants, and not given the support they need to help children thrive.

We know that it has been extremely challenging for our foster carer members over the last few years, not least due to the impact of Covid-19.

To address these challenges our stress support service will be extended to a 24 hours a day, seven days a week-service provided by BACP accredited counsellors.

The changes to this service will take effect from Monday, 7 February 2022.  

The phone number will remain the same, but as always, we suggest you save it in your phones: 01384 889 549.

The Fostering Network welcomes the report putting a clear focus on putting children’s voices at the heart of reform

This week the Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report detailing the responses from children in care and children in need to her ‘Big Ask’ survey conducted last year. 

The Fostering Network is delighted to welcome Sarah Thomas as its new director for Wales and commercial activity. 

A crumbling and failing system is what children and young people in foster care are faced with, if urgent improvements aren't made, according to the latest report from the UK's leading fostering charity.    

Today’s BBC report Children in care in England could hit almost 100,000 by 2025 is a stark warning about the need to recruit and retain more foster carers. 

Kevin Williams, CEO of The Fostering Network, says: ‘Recruitment and retention of high quality foster carers who can meet the needs of children in care is one of the biggest challenges facing the fostering sector today. 

Ofsted have today released their annual fostering in England statistics, highlighting that many vulnerable children are currently missing out on the care and support they need due to a lack of foster carers. 

The Chancellor has announced spending review plans in the House of Commons today.  

Kevin Williams, CEO of The Fostering Network, responds: