Fostering fees and allowances

Pay for foster care varies depending on the type of care being provided and on the level of foster carer expertise you have.

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 £175.93 a week £233.07 a week
Competence payment £182.58 a week £161.40 a week
Total foster carer pay £358.51 a week £394.47 a week
Parent and child placement Aged 0 to 12 years old Aged 13+ years old
Fostering allowance £175.93 a week £233.07 a week
Competence payment £431.61 a week £374.47 a week
Total foster carer pay £607.54 a week £607.54 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.

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