The tables below describe the different rates. All foster carers get a general fostering allowance which is fixed.

A second competence payment is added to this based on the level of expertise of the carer.

General foster care placement

General foster care placement Aged 0 to 12 years old Aged 13+ years old
Fostering allowance £176.71 a week £237.65 a week
Competence payment £182.58 a week £161.40 a week
Total foster carer pay £359.29 a week £399.05 a week
Enhanced placement Aged 0 to 12 years old Aged 13+ years old
Fostering allowance £176.71 a week £237.65 a week
Competence payment £431.61 a week £374.47 a week
Total foster carer pay £608.32 a week £612.12 a week
Respite (or short-break) carer placement Rate Time
Hourly rate £9.09 0 to 12 hours
Day rates (1 day) £101 0 to 12 hours
Day rates (sliding scale up to 6 days) up to £606 168 hours

Some types of foster care qualify for higher allowances than others.

Talk to us for more information on the criteria for competence and enhanced competence payments.

Supporting you

In addition to these fees and allowances, you will receive support and training every step of the way. Many carers who have transferred to Lambeth from other agencies say the support and community is every bit as important to them.

We know how important community is when you’re raising a family. We create plenty of opportunities throughout the year for our carers to get together, learn from and support one another. Learn more about what makes Lambeth special.

We'd love to talk

Contact us today for an informal chat and more information:

Call: 020 7926 8710

Or email us

What makes Lambeth special
What makes Lambeth special?

Fostering with Lambeth has a number of perks.

Training and support
Training and support

We're committed to giving our foster carers a wide range of opportunities.