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.