Responding to a report by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) which challenges the suggestion that fewer than one in 15 children who have spent time in care goes on to higher education, Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, said: ‘This report is very welcome as it explores the education of care experienced young people in more detail and helps challenge some of the misperceptions and stigma surrounding these young people. 

The Fostering Network is dismayed at the recommendation from the Scottish Government’s care allowances working group that ‘the Scottish Government and COSLA should consider a Scottish Recommended Allowance’, rather than fulfilling its remit and recommending the implementation of a national minimum allowance. 

The Fostering Network is delighted that the 2018 Fostering Excellence Awards, which celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in fostering, are once again supported by Dreams, Britain’s leading bed specialist.

We are also pleased to announce that the following organisations are supporting individual awards.

Responding to the article in Sunday’s Observer newspaper about the “cash crisis pushing child services to tipping point”, Jackie Sanders, director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network, said: ‘It comes as absolutely no surprise that the local government association in England and others are calling for urgent investment into the children’s social care system.