Kevin Williams

Chief Executive , The Fostering Network

Kevin Williams is chief executive of The Fostering Network with significant experience of leading charities. Kevin has over thirty years’ experience as a social worker in a range of care settings for local authorities and charities across England. He served a tenure as chair of the National Association of Fostering Providers from 2010-11, and on the editorial advisory board for Children and Young People Now. Kevin has been a member of a number of governmental working groups and has given evidence to a number of select committees and to the governments of the UK.  He regularly comments on children in care and fostering, as well as presenting at national and international conferences.   Kevin believes that foster care can redress the disadvantage that many children in foster care have experienced and, as a qualified teacher and social worker, he sees improved education outcomes in their widest sense as being key to this. Kevin is also keen to see an increase in societal understanding of the vital role of foster care in improving the outcomes of looked after children and society more generally.

In a winning entry I would be looking for impact, a real demonstration of how it has made a real difference to beneficiaries and that it is evidenced through evaluation.