Responding to the reports published by the Children's Commissioner for England today, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: 'We welcome the reports from the office of the Children's Commissioner for England.

'The vast majority of children in care in the UK are living with fostering families and it is essential that all children who need a foster family are able to live with one.

The UK’s leading fostering charity has developed a cost-effective, sustainable model of foster care, with more capacity to care for children and young people than other existing fostering models.

This was the finding of an evaluation report published today by the Department for Education about The Fostering Network’s award-winning Mockingbird programme.