Devon now has a record number of families signed up to provide foster homes for children and young people in the county.

After a huge recruitment drive over the past two years, Fostering Devon has approved 40 new fostering households which can help provide foster places for the 700-plus young children who cannot live in their family home.

James McInnes, Devon County Council's cabinet member for children's services said: "706 children were in our care in May 2018. That rose to 739 children by December last year and now that number stands at 750.

"There's still a long way to go until we have a sufficient number of foster carers to meet the needs of all of Devon's looked after children, but this milestone shows that we are on the way to building a service with carers of the highest quality."

The county council is still looking for more people to join its Fostering Devon service.

To find out more call 0345 155 1077 or visit www.fosteringindevon.org.uk .