fostering excellence awards

Foster Wales, the national network of all 22 local authorities in Wales, has won the award for Outstanding Contribution by a Social Work Team at The Fostering Network’s fostering excellence awards 2022.

In total, Welsh local authority fostering services, foster carers and care leavers have been presented with five awards.

Foster wales team receiving award

Mel Panther, Nina Kemp-Jones, Alastair Cope and Jill Jones receiving the award on behalf of all 22 local authorities in Wales.

Head of Foster Wales, Alastair Cope, said:

“We are incredibly proud to receive this award in recognition of the fantastic levels of support our foster carers receive across all 22 Local Authorities in Wales.


Better outcomes for both foster carers and children across Wales are at the heart of everything we do.


Through consistency, collaboration and working together with foster carers, we will continue to prioritise our main aim of building better futures for local children.”


Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, says:


“Every year it’s a privilege to hear the inspiring stories of those within the fostering community. We are delighted to shine a light on these incredible people, celebrate their achievements and show our appreciation for them.  

“Our winners and everyone else involved in foster care should be extremely proud of themselves. Their contribution makes a vital difference to the lives of children and young people, and they are the bedrock of children’s social care – thank you for all that you do.”


The event, which was held at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre and hosted by Ashley John-Baptiste, was attended by members of the fostering community from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.