Today the Westminster Government formally announced how it will introduce the 15 extra hours of free childcare for fostered children in England from September. Responding to the announcement, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network said: ‘We warmly welcome this announcement which comes following a campaign led by The Fostering Network and our supporters.

Today the Scottish Government released figures showing educational outcomes for looked after children in Scotland during 2016-17. The figures show that the gap between looked after children, especially fostered children, and all school leavers is closing significantly (the gap was 45 per cent in 2009-10 and 17 per cent in 2016-17); and that stability of relationships is directly linked to educational outcomes.

We are delighted to announce that our trustee, Susanna Daus, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her outstanding work in fostering and adoption. Susanna is the manager of Islington Council’s adoption and fostering service and will be awarded a British Empire Medal.

Susanna said: ‘It’s fantastic and I’m very flattered, but a little embarrassed, to be recognised, but this is a great way to talk about the amazing work of foster carers in Islington, and the need for more foster carers and adopters to look after our very special children and young people.’

Responding to the England Children's Commissioner's second Stability Index report, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network said: 'The Fostering Network knows that foster care has the potential to transform the lives of children and young people living in foster homes, and the basis of that potential is stability.