Support and payments


We will be there to help you throughout your approval process and can arrange for one of our experienced foster carers to meet you to talk about their experiences of fostering.

As a foster carer you will receive ongoing support including:

  • financial allowances to cover everyday expenditure and activities
  • ongoing training
  • an assigned supervising social worker who will visit you on a regular basis
  • local support groups where you can talk to other foster carers about your experience
  • celebration events to thank your own children and young people for everything they do
  • access to family workers who will support foster children to improve their family relationships 
  • a Youth Service Co-ordinator to encourage developing of leisure, sport and arts
  • out of hours telephone support line and emergency duty team
  • access to online training via a dedicated virtual learning fostering and adoption website
  • a bi-monthly email with updates and information about fostering
  • free membership to the Fostering Network
  • access to Fosterline.

If you would like to find out more about our fostering support groups, send your name, address and telephone number to Clare McDonald, Chair of Nottinghamshire Fostering and Liaison Advisory Group (FLAG):

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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 2019 to March 2020

Age group 0 to 4 5 to 10 11 to 15 16 to 17
Basic fostering allowance £132 £146 £167 £194
Fostering supplement £10 £10 £10 £10
Birthday allowance £132 £146 £167 £194
Festive allowance £132 £146 £167 £194

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 to 17 per week
  • £88 per child aged 0 to 4 years per week. 

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