Support and payments

Support

We will be there to help you throughout your fostering journey and can arrange for one of our experienced foster carers to meet you to talk about their experiences of fostering. As a foster carer with Nottinghamshire County Council you will receive ongoing support and training.

Individual support

Once approved, you will have your own supervising social worker who will visit you and your family regularly. Their role is to support you and your family whilst you are fostering and to offer advice about any concerns or worries you may have.

Every child or young person who is looked after by the local authority has their own social worker who works closely with the child and their family. The supervising social worker will also visit regularly to see the child and offer any help or guidance you may need. As a foster carer you will be required to keep records about a child’s placement and attend meetings where you will be able to discuss the placement and help make plans for the child’s future.

Out of hours support

Our service aims to be as flexible as possible, to support the needs of our foster carers. In addition to the Emergency Duty Team there is also an ‘Out of Hours Fostering Service’ where supervising social workers are available to provide advice and support up until 10pm and at weekends.

Support groups

Some foster carers enjoy meeting up on a regular basis at various support groups to talk about different issues and offer advice, helping each other. Your supervising social worker or our recruitment team will advise you where and when these groups are meeting. You will also have the opportunity to meet with fostering staff and other foster carers at Nottinghamshire Fostering and Liaison Advisory Group (FLAG).

My Learning, My Career

Carers can book themselves onto training courses via a dedicated website called My Learning My Career, to access classroom and online training.

Fostering Family workers

Carers and foster children have the support of a specialised team who are trained to deliver therapeutic interventions. Their service is flexible and can be delivered both in the home or local community. Their main role is to strengthen placement stability and reduce placement breakdowns.

Training

Within the first twelve months of being approved, you are required to complete the Training, Support and Development Standards (TSDS) for foster care. The standards set out expectations for foster carers. By attending a mandatory fostering induction training course as well as a positive first year review, you will be considered to have achieved these standards.

During your fostering career you will be expected to complete at least 20 hours of training a year, to learn about different aspects of caring for children. Training programmes are organised by our dedicated training coordinators and are held in different venues around the county. Courses are held over weekends and evenings as well as during the day to enable all foster carers to have the opportunity to attend.

Payments

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. All foster carers need to register as self employed with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. There is no effect on Income Support if people register as self employed foster carers, as any income received from fostering is not taken into account.

For more information visit www.hmrc.gov.uk.

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


Levels payments

Levels payments give foster carers the chance to be acknowledged for their skills and to identify areas for development. As carers gain experience and develop as foster carers they can progress through three levels. Every foster carer has a supervising social worker who they work closely with to demonstrate that they meet the standards set out for each level.

If applicants have a relevant child care qualification or significant experience of caring for other people’s children, there is the potential to start at a higher level, subject to the outcome of their assessment.

Our fostering levels provide carers with 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

Most newly approved carers will start on this level for the first year of their fostering career.

You will receive an additional £28 per week per child at this level.

Level two

On completion of the Training, Support and Development Standards, which should be completed within the first year of fostering, foster carers can progress to level 2.

You will receive an additional £57 per child per week at this level.

Level three

After additional experience and significant training, carers can be assessed for level three. You will receive an additional £113 per week per child aged 0 - 4 and £139 per week per child for 5 - 18 year olds.

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