The Fostering Network has released its latest statistical findings on the recruitment and retention of foster carers in England. The report Local Authority Fostering Services in England - performance benchmark report 2013/14, has been produced in conjunction with partners iMPOWER Consulting, and funded as part of a two year project by the Department for Education. 

The one year project will work with local authorities in three regions and will seek to raise awareness of Children in Care Councils among foster carers and care experienced children and young people, with the aim of increasing the number and diversity of young people taking part in the councils and enhancing their impact locally and nationally, including through a new national virtual Children in Care Council.

The Fostering Network Wales has submitted its response to the Welsh Government’s consultation Talk to me 2: Draft Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Strategy and Action Plan for Wales, where we have set out the specific needs of children and young people in care and care leavers, and the importance of working with foster carers in addressing suicide and self-harm.