Fostering payments for carers to be discussed

03/09/2019, PR-9162

​Senior councillors are to discuss a plan to raise payments to foster carers in recognition of the highly skilled care they give to children and young people in the district.

Fostering recruitment

​Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet, meeting on 10 September, will consider the increase which would support recruitment, as well as acknowledging the vital role of foster carers.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Foster carers provide essential support to children and young people at a time of great need in their lives.

"We absolutely respect and value foster carers here in Wakefield. They do a fantastic job and it is very important their efforts and skills are recognised as they make a huge difference to individuals, families and to communities in our district."

The Council wants to encourage more people to become carers, as having a strong network means that, where possible, vulnerable children have greater stability as they can remain in their local communities, stay at school and more easily keep in contact with family and friends.

A report to councillors says that increasing the payment would support the recruitment and retention of carers, by attracting more people with child care skills and a professional background. This would make it a more viable and attractive career option.

Foster carers receive two part payments, for the cost of caring for a foster child, and a fee which recognises their skills and effort. The proposal is for an increase in the skills and effort element, within Wakefield's existing tiered payment system that reflects the needs of the child, and the commitment and experience required to care for them.

If agreed, the new payments would be in place in October.

The report will be discussed at Cabinet on 10 September from 10.30am at Castleford Civic Centre. You can watch the meeting live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

To find out more about fostering with Wakefield Council, visit: www.wakefied.gov.uk/fostercare