Support and training for foster carers

  1. Support and training for foster carers
  2. Ongoing support
  3. The support team
  4. Support from other foster carers
  5. Financial support (You are here)
  6. Get help for a fostered or adopted child
  7. Further support

Financial support

You'll receive a weekly allowance for every child or young person in your care. The allowance is made up of pocket money, money for clothing and money for their upkeep. The amount depends on the age of the child or young person:

Age group Weekly allowance
0-4 years £133.54 (including £9.75 clothing allowance and £1.94 pocket money)
5-10 years £152.12 (including £9.75 clothing allowance and £4.39 pocket money)
11-15 years £189.37 (including £12.65 clothing allowance and £8.64 pocket money)
16+ years £230.30 (including £12.65 clothing allowance and £11.39 pocket money)

In addition to the standard allowances, there are birthday, holiday and Christmas allowances as follows:

Age group Birthday allowance Christmas allowance Holiday allowance
0-4 years £121.85 £182.77 £243.70
5-10 years £137.98 £206.97 £275.96
11-15 years £168.09 £252.13 £336.17
16+ years £206.25 £309.39 £412.51

Support (respite) care is paid at a daily rate of the standard fostering allowances minus the clothing and pocket money elements:

Age group Daily rate
0-4 years £17.40
5-10 years £19.71
11-15 years £24.01
16+ years £29.46

Carers in the Families Together (short breaks) scheme receive £7.20 an hour and £30 a night.

Skills payments (from 1 October 2011)

The Council's Fostering Service has developed a payment for skills scheme that is paid in addition to the standard fostering allowances. 

This scheme allows carers to progress through three levels, and receive an additional skills-based payment as you gain more experience and develop your skills through training and hands-on experience. Each level has a clearly-defined set of skills that foster carers have to meet. From October 2011, the fees were increased significantly to:

  • Level 1 carers - £100 a week
  • Level 2 carers - £125 a week
  • Level 3 carers - £175 a week
  • Foster Plus - £360 a week

These additional payments are only made when a child is in a placement.

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