Allowances, training and support

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What allowances are available?

A weekly allowance contributes towards covering the costs associated with looking after a child or young person, such as household bills, food, clothes, travel, school dinners and pocket money.

Age range Rate (per week)
0 to 1£119
1 - 3£122
4 to 10£134
11 to 15£154
16+£179

In recognition of the level of your fostering skills, you would receive an additional weekly payment. This is based both on your level of experience and what, if any, special needs the child/children you look after may have.

Skill Rate per wek
Level 1  £50
Level 2£125
Level 3£225

You will also receive two weeks allowance to cover the cost of holidays, plus one week's allowance to help towards birthdays, Christmas or other religious holidays.

As a foster carer you must register as self-employed with HRMC. To find out more, please get in touch with HRMC.

Training and development

In addition to the excellent ongoing support we offer, there are  opportunities for training and development to help you develop appropriate skills to support children and young people .

All of our foster carers are expected to attend some training sessions and your supervising social worker will work with you to help you develop your skills, achieve your training objectives and support your development needs.

You may have the opportunity to gain qualifications such as NVQ level 3 for working with children and young people.

There are a number of mandatory training courses which all carers must attend and keep up to date with such as Training Standards Development, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Participation and Voices, Safeguarding, Child Sexual Exploitation. In addition to this we also offer a number of online courses which cover a variety of different subjects. 

Support from your social worker

Support is available from the application process, Each foster carer has a professionally qualified link worker, who will visit you at your home regularly, ultimately this will probably take place every four to six weeks.

Support will be on hand to discuss with you the needs of the child/children you are looking after and how to deal with other people involved in the care of the child, for example  teachers.

Support groups

There are a number of support groups for our foster carers which provide:

  • Induction Group for Carers in their first year of approval
  • An opportunity for you to meet other foster carers
  • Training on specific issues around fostering
  • Practical advice and support​

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