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How much would I get paid for fostering?

Get paid, gain qualifications and give children a better future.

What you will receive

We offer 'Payment for Skills' - the more experience and qualifications carers gain, the more they will be paid. 

This means that children are supported by skilled, motivated and rewarded carers.

You will receive:

  • a competitive weekly skills fee, and
  • a weekly maintenance allowance

You will also be supported to develop a range of skills that meet the needs of the children you care for.

Significant opportunities for training and development are offered to all carers through the Foster Carer Training programme and access is provided to the Local Safeguarding Children's Board training sessions and to qualifications in Care, Counselling and Health and Social Care. 

Overview of payments and skills

There are four levels of foster carers (levels 1 - 4).

All levels receive a weekly maintenance allowance.

Levels 2, 3 and 4 also receive a weekly skills fee.

See below for an overview of the skills, placement expectations and financial support for each level. 

For full details, view the 'Payment for Skills' Model, and 'Tasks, Skills and Competencies' Framework542.67KB.

Level 1 overview:

  • Skills: Have some experience of childcare e.g. parenting / have a significant relationship with a named child. 
  • Financial support: weekly maintenance allowance per child

Level 2 overview:

  • Skills: Have experience of childcare e.g. parenting / looking after other people's children / paid or voluntary work in childcare.
  • Placement expectations: Medium risk. Caring for a young person for a set period of time. Challenging behaviour that is manageable.
  • Financial support:
    • weekly maintenance allowance per child
    • weekly skills fee - £100 (0-11 years) / £150 (12-18 years) per child

Level 3 overview:

  • Skills: Significant childcare experience or related experience e.g. nursing, youth work, teaching.
  • Placement expectations: Medium-high risk. Must be able to take children with more complex needs and undertake more challenging tasks. This may include issues such as child sexual exploitation, physical / verbal aggression, school refusal, offending behaviour etc.
  • Financial support:
    • weekly maintenance allowance per child
    • weekly skills fee - £300 per child

Level 4 overview:

  • Skills: Significant formal childcare experience e.g. previous fostering (2 years minimum including children with complex needs) /employment in childcare. 
  • Placement expectations: Highest risk. Emergency placements. One approved carer in the household must have a full time commitment to fostering with no other paid work commitments outside the fostering service. 
  • Financial support:
    • weekly maintenance allowance per child
    • weekly skills fee - £400 per child

Interested in becoming a foster carer?

If you would like more details about becoming a foster carer, give us a call for an informal chat. We are always happy to talk and meet with people who have an interest in foster caring.

Or you can enquire online, and one of the team will get in touch with you.

0191 423 8500


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