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Fostering allowances

What you will be paid if you foster long-term, short-term or unaccompanied asylum seeking children

All foster carers are paid a weekly allowance. By completing pre-approval training we expect most of our foster carers to start at payment level 2. To progress to a higher skill level you will need to attend training or demonstrate other ways of learning.

Level 1

At this level, all of the weekly allowance should be spent on the foster child's living costs as well as any activities or hobbies the child may have.

  Child aged 0-10 Child aged 11-18
Allowance for child's living costs and activities £185.11 £279.90

Level 2

At this level, you will be paid the weekly allowance for the child plus £102 per week for yourself.

  Child aged 0-10 Child aged 11-18
Allowance for child's living costs and activities £185.11 £279.90
Fee paid to foster carer £101.94 £101.94
Total £287.05 £381.84

Level 3

At this level, you will be paid the weekly allowance for the child plus £142 per week for yourself.

  Child aged 0-10 Child aged 11-18
Allowance for child's living costs and activities £185.11 £279.90
Fee paid to foster carer £142.29 £142.29
Total £327.40 £422.19

What you will be paid as a parent and child foster carer

Parent and child foster carers are paid two separate weekly allowances, one for the parent and one for their child. This is because you will be looking after two people in your home.

  • Allowance for baby or child's living costs and activities - £185
  • Allowance for parent's living costs - £280
  • Fee paid to foster carer - £341
  • Total - £806

What you will be paid as a supported lodgings carer

We will pay you an allowance of £186.13 a week, which is for your time spent supporting the young person living with you. Young people living in supported lodgings are charged £70 a week rent. This is paid from their housing benefit or wages, or from a combination of the two. If the young person is sharing the household food, they are expected to make a contribution of £20 per week.

  • Weekly Allowance - £186.13
  • Rent from young person - £70
  • Contribution to food costs (optional) - £20
  • Total - £276.13

What you will be paid as a short breaks carer

You will receive £67.46 to care for a child between 12 and 24 hours if they are aged 11 to 17 and £54.97 if they are under 11. We also offer a day care rate of £41.18 and an hourly rate of £6.68 per hour for shorter sessions.
You will be reimbursed your travel expenses at 45p per mile.

 Child aged 0-11Child aged 11-17
Hourly rate£6.68£6.68
Day care rate£41.18£41.18
12-24 hours (overnight)£54.97£67.46

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