Training and support


We recognise that fostering is very much a career, and every foster carer will receive training both before and after they are approved to foster.

Our ‘skills to foster’ training provides foster carers with an insight into the role of foster care. All prospective carers will complete this training before being approved.

All foster carers in England are required to progress to the post-approval core training programme within the first year of approval and complete the training, support and development standards for foster care.

All foster carers are expected to undertake a minimum of training to ensure they are able to foster confidently. The training is held frequently and is very accessible. Additional training is offered in a broad range of subjects that will support foster carers’ progress and help them achieve the best outcomes for the children in their care, as well as develop their own skills.

There are also opportunities to specialise in areas where you have a particular talent or interest, and to support other foster carers to grow and develop.

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Example 1

Susan is a new foster carer, she is a level one carer and looks after Oscar aged 3.

Susan receives a weekly payment of £276.13.

The additional payments for holidays and birthdays, alongside an annual ‘loyalty bonus’ equates to an additional £22.20 per week.

So overall Susan will receive £15,513.28 per year, tax free, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £17,000 per year.

Example 2

Tony has been fostering for 8 years and is a level three carer. He looks after Cody, aged 16.

Tony receives a weekly payment of £486.05.

This means Tony receives £27,628.80 per year including his additional payments and loyalty bonus, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £34,000 per year.

Example 3

Jessica has been fostering for three years and is a level two carer. Jessica fosters a sibling group of three girls, Chloe, 6 years, Gracie, age 11 and Evie, age 15.

Jessica receives a weekly payment of £1,099.94.

With the additional loyalty bonus, holiday and birthday allowances Jessica will receive £58,296.82 per year, roughly equivalent to an annual salary of £84,000 per year.