Pay and allowances
Did you know Foster Carers are considered self-employed?
Foster carers are considered self-employed and are subject to special tax rules. This means they can be exempt from paying tax on all or most of their fostering income, depending on certain factors. More information about tax rules for Foster Carers can be found by visiting Gov.uk or The Fostering Network’s website.
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There are two elements of payment that a Foster Carer receives for each child in their care
This allowance varies according to the age of the child (or children) you are looking after. As you would with your own household budget, you will be expected to manage your fostering allowance to cover the costs involved with supporting a child.
The skills fee increases with your level of training and experience – with new carers beginning at the foundation level and experienced carers, who have completed additional training, moving to the core skills level.
As well as an allowance and skills fee, Foster Carers also receive payments to cover related mileage and to help them mark key events for the children they’re looking after including Christmas, birthdays and activities during the summer holidays.
All newly approved Foster Carers will also receive a welcome bonus of £750 when they join our fostering family.
The table below details the combined weekly allowance and skills fee approved foundation and core level Foster Carers (who have completed all neccessary training) will receive for each child in their care, depending on their age. This is for mainstream foster care, some of our other fostering roles have different rates of pay which are detailed further down the page.
These rates take into account our revised payment structure, which are subject to an annual inflationary increase.
- Age of child