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Fees and allowances

The rewards of fostering

The most rewarding part of fostering is helping a child to realise their true potential. But you'll also receive financial support - we pay our foster carers a generous allowance.

The allowance paid depends on the age of the child and the carer's accreditation level. The higher the accreditation level, the higher the allowance.

Your relevant experience, skills and qualifications will determine your accreditation level.

For example, you've been a successful foster carer at an independent agency for at least 12 months. If you decide to move to us and we approve you, you'll join our register at Level 5, our highest payment level.

Your social worker will discuss accreditation levels with you during the assessment.

You can increase your accreditation level through training and experience. We'll expect you to be able to care for children with increasing levels of complex needs if your accreditation level increases.

Summary of payments made to carers between Levels 1-5

Level 1

I've had a viability assessment. I am looking after a child or young person connected to me.

Depending on the age of the child, you'll receive between £137-£173 a week.

Level 2

NFS have approved my application. I care for a specific child or young person connected to me.

Depending on the age of the child, you'll receive between £170-£206 a week.

Level 3

I'm an approved foster carer. I have attended preparation training.

Depending on the age of the child, you'll receive between £197-£233 a week.

Level 4

I'm an approved foster carer. I've had training and have relevant experience of looking after children and young people.

Depending on the age of the child, you'll receive between £241-£277 a week.

Level 5

I'm an approved foster carer. I have completed my training standards and have experience in fostering.

Depending on the age of the child, you'll receive between £466-£502 a week.

Full details about fees and allowances are in our Foster Care Payments Information and Guidance 2019-20. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) regards fostering fees and allowances as different to other income for benefits and tax purposes. Getting fees and allowances for fostering may not affect any benefits you receive. There's also a separate, generous tax allowance.

There's further information available, plus a free e-learning package, on the HMRC site.

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