All foster carers receive an allowance when a child, or children, is living with them to cover the costs of food, clothing, pocket money, bills and activities.
The weekly allowance paid to foster carers for 2017-18 is:
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All foster carers are paid a fee to reflect the type of placement they offer and the skills, experience and commitment they bring to fostering. The fee will be in addition to the allowance received for the child. The fee scheme provides a clear “career pathway” for foster carers to progress through the levels if they wish to do so. One of the fee scheme’s central principles is that the skills, experience and training of foster carers are recognised and properly regarded.
Approval for progression through the levels will depend on:
-The carer’s assessed core skills
-The length of experience as an approved carer<
-The training that has been undertaken
Allowance plus fee per child
£75 fee – 1st child in placement
£100 fee – 2nd and 3rd child in placement
Fostering includes all newly approved carers and those carers who do not wish to progress beyond this level.
Carers can choose to be available on the Emergency Duty Team vacancy list and will receive a £50 payment if a placement is made.
Connected persons foster carers who look after a child related or known to them will usually remain at the Fostering level. Connected persons foster carers will only receive the fostering fee upon full approval at Fostering Panel. During their period of temporary approval they will receive the age related allowance for the child only.
Allowance plus fee per child
*£175 fee – 1st child in placement
£225 fee– 2nd and 3rd child in placement
*If there is a need for a carer of a school aged child to be home based, a fee of £225 may be applicable.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) £375
Family Assessment and Support Team (FA&ST) Parent and Child Fostering £375
Single Placement Scheme and Complex Medical Needs £375
Allowances are paid in addition to the fees
Fee Retainer Payments
The fee retainer payment will start at the point a foster carer is ratified and available and able to accept a placement. When a placement ends the allowance for the child will cease however a fee retainer payment will continue to be paid providing the foster is available and able to take a further, suitable placement. Fee retainer payments will be reviewed by the Supervising Social Worker and Team Manager every 2 weeks and will not continue indefinitely.
There are payments of £50 when a child starts primary school and £100 for transition to secondary school. If a child is received into care with inadequate uniform these additional payments may also apply.
It is an expectation that a child moving placement has appropriate uniform to take with them.
Treatment Foster Care:
The fee paid to carers on this programme is £375 per week in addition to the fostering allowance for the child. The £375 per week is paid to the carer throughout the year to enable carers to take a break and to retain the placement.
The fee paid to carers on this programme is £300 per week in addition to the fostering allowance for the child. A retainer of £300 per week is also available.
This relates to young people who will remain with their current foster carers post 18 under the Staying Put Arrangements. Foster carers are paid the +16 allowances less the current rate of Jobseekers Allowance at £57.90 and the levels fee.
Short Break Care:
Short Break carers care for children with a range of disabilities. Most Short Break carers will meet the requirements of Fostering Plus through the skills and experience that they have for this specific fostering task. Short Break carers are paid a proportionate allowance and fee on the days they foster children. Those carers who care for children who are CHC funded (that is those with complex medical needs) will then receive the £375 pro rata.
Children who attend Residential Education Provision:
Carers receive the fostering allowance when the child stays and a retainer of 50% of the allowance and fee for maintaining contact when they are not there.
For more in depth information and questions regarding fees and allowances, phone the team on
0800 587 9900