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Payments to foster carers


All foster carers receive a basic fostering allowance and a fostering supplement, paid weekly to provide for the average family cost (by age) of caring for a child.  

Table of allowances paid to foster carers: April 2016 - March 2017

Age group 0-4 5-10 11-15 16-17
Basic fostering allowance £126 £139 £159 £185
Fostering supplement £10 £10 £10 £10
Birthday allowance £126 £139 £159 £185
Festive allowance £126 £139 £159 £185

Developing skills

Our fostering levels scheme gives carers the opportunity to develop their skills and be recognised for doing so. 

Each new level pays an allowance which is in addition to the regular fostering weekly allowance. 

Level one

All newly approved carers are on this level for the first year of their fostering career. Carers who look after a child who is related to them will remain on this level.

Level two

After a year at level one and on completion of the National Fostering Standards training for foster carers, you can then be assessed for level two.

Carers on level two receive an additional £22 per child, per week

Level three

In order to be assessed for level three, carers must have:

  • a year of experience at level two
  • a child or young person in placement for nine months from level two approval
  • undertaken and evidenced 20 hours of learning and training in the last year.

Carers on level three receive an additional £44 per child, per week. 

Level four

After a further two years' experience at level three, in addition to training, carers can work with their supervising social worker to be assessed for level four. 

Carers on level four receive an additional £108 per child aged 5-17 or £88 per child aged 0-4 years, per week. 

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