Fostering Excellence Awards

The Fostering Excellence Awards are the UK’s most prestigious foster care awards. They celebrate outstanding achievement in fostering and recognise those who make exceptional contributions to foster care every day.

About the awards

The Fostering Excellence Awards shine a spotlight on some of the incredible foster carers, young people with care experience, sons and daughters, social workers and others in the fostering community. Scroll down to see all of the award categories below. 

The ceremony will take place in the autumn. This will be the our first face to face Fostering Awards Ceremony in three years. 

Nominate someone for this year's awards here and shine a light on the incredible members of our fostering community and the difference foster care makes to children and young people. 

Read about last year's winners here.

Award categories

Nominations are open for four award categories, intended to celebrate the entire fostering community. 

  • Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person 
    celebrates all types of achievements by young people with experience of foster care - open to 16-24-year-olds with experience of foster care. 

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer
    recognises foster carers or family and friends foster carers who has made an exceptional contribution to foster care - only open to members of The Fostering Network in England, Scotland and Wales.
    Please note foster carers from Northern Ireland are not eligible for this award as they are celebrated at the Northern Ireland Foster Care Awards instead. 

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker
    recognises social workers or social work teams who have made an exceptional contribution to foster care. This award is open to supervising social workers,  children's social workers and their teams. Only open to members of The Fostering Network.

  • Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters 
    celebrates children of foster carers aged 18 or under. This may be an individual or a sibling group.  Open to children who have a parent who is a member of The Fostering Network. 


Nominations close on Friday 15 July 2022.

Further information

For further information about the Fostering Excellence Awards, please email