Payment and allowances for foster carers

We recognise that fostering is an important job that requires commitment, time and energy so we’ll give you generous payments and allowances to recognise your skills. We will also give you holiday, birthday and Christmas or religious festival payments for children in your care.

As a foster carer you will receive a weekly allowance for each child in your care. This will include the cost of food, clothing, household costs, pocket money and travel costs. You will also be given all the equipment you need such as car seats or cots.

The weekly basic allowance for different age bands are as follows:

  • 0 to 4 years - £150.53
  • 5 to 10 years - £171
  • 11 to 15 years - £245.76
  • 16 to 17 years - £260.10

You will also receive a weekly fee based on your skill level.

  • Entry level - No fee
  • Level one - £58
  • Level two - £80
  • Level three - £135

There is also a 24-hour rate for Home and Away carers which is based on skill level and the age band of the child in care.

The rates for 0 to 10-year-olds with carers at different skill levels are as follows.

  • Approved - £34.11
  • Core - £38.40
  • Qualified - £42.69
  • Advanced - £53.43
  • Enhanced - Salary

The rates for 11 to 18-year-olds with carers at different skill levels are as follows.

  • Approved - £54.79
  • Core - £59.10
  • Qualified - £63.39
  • Advanced - £74.12
  • Enhanced - Salary

Our upfront costs may not be comparable with Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs) however, we offer many other benefits which you may not find elsewhere. Check these out on the Why foster with us webpage.

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