Our foster carer payments are made up of 2 parts:
- an allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child - such as for food, clothing, transport, pocket money and activities
- a professional fee to reward foster carers for caring for a vulnerable child
These are paid on a fortnightly basis, while you have a child in placement.
Use our simple calculator to work out yearly allowances based on different criteria.
The weekly total allowances for April 2022 to March 2023 are:
- child aged 0 to 4: £265.43
- child aged 5 to 10: £290.54
- child aged 11 to 15: £400.87
- child aged 16 to 18: £416.24
Additional skills payment
This is an extra payment of £50 per week for foster carers who hold an NVQ 3 or equivalent in Caring for Children and Young People. It is a set payment and does not increase if you foster more than one child.
Additional disability payment
This is an extra payment of £75 per week when the child being cared for has a significant physical or learning disability.
Respite and short break placements
For respite placements you will be paid the following allowances for periods of over 6 hours (a half day payment is applicable for under 6 hours).
|0||Type per week||Child aged 0 to 4||Child aged 5 to 9||Child aged 10 to 15||Child aged 16 and up|
|1||Allowance for child and fee for carer (without skills payment)||£37.92||£41.51||£57.27||£59.46|
|2||Allowance for child and fee for carer eligible for skills payment||£45.06||£48.65||£64.41||£66.61|
|3||Allowance for child and fee for carer without skills payment for a child with a disability||£48.63||£52.22||£67.98||£70.18|
|4||Allowance for child and fee for carer with skills payment for child with a disability||£55.78||£59.36||£75.12||£77.32|
Carers who attend 30 hours of professional development in a 12 month period will receive a payment of £100.
Carers who receive children into their homes in an emergency out of hours or with minimal notice may receive a £50 payment per child.
Specific payments for supported lodgings and parent and child placements are available on request.
Tax exemption and benefits
Foster carers are classed as self-employed and as such you will not be paid for any period that you do not have a child in placement. As part of the application and assessment process we will discuss your financial circumstances to make sure you can cope with any periods you are without a placement.
Foster carer earnings are usually tax-free. If you currently receive benefits, in most cases you will still be eligible to claim these.
For more information, see help with the cost of fostering on GOV.UK.