Media releases from 2012

  • Mae angen ailwampio gofal maeth yng Nghymru ar frys rhag i blant gael eu symud heb fod angen o gwmpas y system rhybuddia Rhwydwaith Maethu Cymru heddiw.

  • Foster care in Wales is in urgent need of an overhaul to prevent children being unnecessarily moved around the system, the Fostering Network Wales is warning today.

    The call comes with the publication of Fostering: 10 years on, a new report from the leading charity outlining how foster care has changed in the past decade and the challenges it faces to continue to meet the needs of Wales’s most vulnerable children.

  • The Fostering Network Wales is launching a new report, Fostering in Wales: ten years on, at a special event to celebrate the charity’s 10 year anniversary at Cardiff City Stadium on 6 December at 10am. The report outlines the changes achieved in foster care over the past 10 years, and the challenges still to be tackled.

  • Responding to the news story relating to fostering this weekend, chief executive of the Fostering Network, Robert Tapsfield, said: “It is best practice that, unless there is an immediate and significant risk of harm to the child, no fostering placement should be ended prematurely before a review is held and the foster carer, child and child’s parents should be consulted.

  • New figures published today by Ofsted showing an increase in the number of fostering households in England have been welcomed by the Fostering Network.

    The Ofsted figures show that as of 31 March 2012 there were 40,842 fostering households, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year. This included 7,427 newly approved households. Over the course of the year 4,847 households left foster care.

  • The culture within the care system has become too risk averse and is preventing foster carers from helping children in their care to have a full experience of family life, the Fostering Network will warn at its annual conference in London today (Tuesday 13 November).

  • Fostered children in Northern Ireland have improved their reading, comprehension and numeracy skills after taking part in a scheme providing them with free books and other learning materials, independent evaluation by Queen’s University has found.

  • The failure of foster carers to make day-to-day decisions for the children in their care is denying these children a full and proper experience of childhood, the Fostering Network is warning today.

  • The Fostering Network is delighted to announce today’s launch of the Care Inquiry, which will look into how best to provide stable and permanent homes for children in England who cannot live with their birth families.

  • THE OVERWHELMING majority of children living with foster families in Scotland are in favour of foster carers being paid, a new survey from the Fostering Network has revealed.

  • Figures published by the Department for Education this week have revealed there are now more than 50,000 children living with foster families in England on any given day.

    The record number of 50,260 children is a 3.6 per cent rise compared to 2011 - the sixth year in a row there has been an increase. Seventy nine per cent of children in care who are looked after away from home now live with foster carers.

  • The Fostering Network has welcomed the publication today (Tuesday 18 September) of a Government consultation on measures which it hopes will help fostering services recruit more people and support foster carers in providing a normal family environment for their fostered children.

  • On the eve of the publication of this year’s GCSE results, the Fostering Network Wales is calling on the Welsh Government and local authorities to focus on providing stable foster care in order to help looked-after children do better in education.

  • The English Government has issued two consultations today (19 July 2012) one on placing sibling groups for adoption and one on contact. In response to the proposals on sibling groups, Chief executive of the Fostering Network Robert Tapsfield said:

    "The relationships we have with our brothers and sisters are often the longest and most enduring relationships that we have in our life. We must do all we can to keep them together.”

  • Almost two-thirds of local authorities have had to split up siblings who are in care over the past year owing to the shortage of foster families, new research from the Fostering Network has shown.

  • Almost two-thirds of local authorities in Scotland have had to split up siblings who are in care over the past year owing to the shortage of foster families, new research from the Fostering Network has shown.

  • There is an urgent need for more foster carers for teenagers across the UK, new research from the Fostering Network has found.

  • There is an urgent need for more foster carers for teenagers across Scotland, new research from the Fostering Network has found.

  • Only Men Aloud’s founder Tim Rhys-Evans has added his voice to the call for more foster carers across Wales, by supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.


  • An inspirational couple from Knockloughrim who have fostered over 200 children, many with special needs, have been named Northern Ireland's Foster Carers of the Year 2012.

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