Martin Narey appointed to carry out fostering stocktake

Long-standing government advisor appointed to review fostering system

Published on 25th April 2017

Sir Martin Narey has been appointed to carry out a stocktake of fostering, the government has announced.

The Secretary of State for Education has appointed Martin Narey and Mark Owers to carry out the review of fostering to build a comprehensive picture of what the fostering system looks like in England and where and how it could be improved.

“The review will help us to improve our understanding of current provision and how placements are made, where the system works well and what can be learned nationally from good practice,” the government said.

The Secretary of State for Education announced the government’s intention to review the fostering system in ‘Putting Children First’ in July 2016.

Former chief executive of Barnardo’s Sir Martin Narey has advised the government on adoption and the reform of social work. In 2016, he completed an independent review of residential children’s homes. Sir Martin will be supported by Mark Owers, a children and families social worker who has spent the last 10 years in the public, voluntary and private sector helping to improve children's social care and youth justice in England.

As a first step, they are seeking views on the current state of foster care in England and how the prospects of children in care might be improved through changes to fostering.

Narey and Owers will explore the following issues:

• The types of fostering that are currently provided, in order to understand the full range of provision which is available and when and for which young people it is best used.

• What works best within fostering settings to improve outcomes for the children and young people placed.

• What improvements could be made to the way that fostering provision is commissioned, delivered, regulated and inspected to improve outcomes and value for money.

• The status, role and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals as part of the team working with a child in care.

• How the experiences of young people can be improved when entering foster care, transitioning between placements (between carers or into other settings), and leaving foster care.

• Any other issues which might contribute to better outcomes for children

The call for evidence was issued on 21 April 2017 and closes on 16 June 2017.

If your enquiry is related to the policy content of the call for evidence, you can contact the team by email at: . If your enquiry is related to the consultation process in general, you can contact the DfE Ministerial and Public Communications Division by email: or by telephone on 0370 000 2288. Additional copies are available electronically and can be downloaded from GOV.UK DfE consultations.

The Stocktake is due to conclude in December 2017.


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