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									                 Salford City Council – Children’s Services Directorate
                           Fostering Allowances 2010 – 2011

This guidance provides a brief outline of the allowances and fees payable to foster carers
when they are looking after children on behalf of Salford City Council.

All foster carers receive a basic allowance, calculated according to the age of the child, for
each child they look after. It is intended to cover the costs of looking after the child as a
family member. This includes food, clothing, pocket money and day-to-day expenses, as
well as a contribution to household expenses.

Basic Fostering Allowances

Short and long term fostering

                Age range                                      Weekly rate
            Babies under 1 year                                   109
               1 to 4 years                                       111
               5 to 10 years                                      122
              11to 15 years                                       140
              16 to 17 years                                      164

Payment for Skills
As well as the basic allowance, foster carers receive a skills payment, which rewards their
level of experience and ability. The basic premise of Payment for Skills is that:

       “Reward payments are linked with the carer’s skills and abilities to meet the needs
       of children who are fostered and with their commitment to training and skills
       development.”

The skills payment should be added to the basic allowance for each child placed with the
foster carer.

Short and long term fostering

SKILLS                            CRITERIA                                PAYMENT
LEVEL
Level 2    All general foster carers who have attended                Basic allowance +
           preparation groups, undergone a CWDC standards             £60 skills payment
           based assessment and have been approved by the             per child
           fostering panel. This is the entry level for all newly
           recruited foster carers (not family and friends).
Level 3    General foster carers who have attended 4 modules          Basic allowance +
           of the training programme and completed the CWDC           £90 skills payment
           training standards.                                        per child
Level 4    General foster carers who have attended all modules        Basic allowance +
           of the training programme, completed the CWDC              £125 skills payment
           training standards and the additional Salford standard     per child
           7.
Short term and long term fostering
Level 2 scenarios /
Level 3 scenarios (has attended 4 training modules and completed the standards) /
Level 4 scenarios (completed all training modules and the training standards)


One child aged 5
Allowance £122
Skills payment £60 / £90 / £125
Weekly total £182 / £212 / £247

One child aged 13
Allowance £140
Skills payment £60 / £90 / £125
Weekly total £200 / £230 / £265

Two children aged 4 and 9
Allowance for child one £111
Skills payment for child one £60 / £90 / £125

Allowance for child two £122
Skills payment for child two £60 / £90 / £125
Weekly total £353 / £413 / £483

Two children aged 12 and 14
Allowance for child one £140
Skills payment for child one £60 / £90 / £125

Allowance for child two £140
Skills payment for child two £60 / £90 / £125
Weekly total £400 / £460 / £530

Three children aged 4, 6 and 11
Allowance for child one £111
Skills payment for child one £60 / £90 / £125

Allowance for child two £122
Skills payment for child two £60 / £90 / £125

Allowance for child three £140
Skills payment for child three £60 / £90 / £125
Weekly total £553 / £643 / £748


Weekly payment matrix for short term and long term (£ per child) including
allowances and skills payment

                Baby            1-4 years         5-10 years   11-15         16-17
                under 1                                        years         years
                year
Level 2         169             171               182          200           224
Level 3         199             201               212          230           254
Level 4         234             236               247          265           289
Specialist Schemes

Focus Fostering

SKILLS                  CRITERIA                         PAYMENT
LEVEL
Grade 1   Newly approved focus foster carers who   Basic allowance + grade
          have attended preparation groups,        1 fee payment, £19,285
          undergone a standards based
          assessment and been approved by the
          fostering panel.
Grade 2   Focus foster carers who have attended    Basic allowance + grade
          all modules of the training programme,   2 fee payment, £19,852
          attained NVQ 3 in foster care and
          completed the CWDC training
          standards + Salford standard 7

3D Fostering

SKILLS                  CRITERIA                         PAYMENT
LEVEL
Grade 1   Newly approved 3D foster carers who      Basic allowance + grade
          have attended preparation groups,        1 fee payment, £22,022
          undergone a standards based
          assessment and been approved by the
          fostering panel.
Grade 2   3D foster carers who have attended all   Basic allowance + grade
          modules of the training programme,       2 fee payment, £22,740
          attained NVQ 3 in foster care and
          completed the CWDC training
          standards.
Grade 3   3D foster carers who have attended all   Basic allowance + grade
          modules of the training programme,       3 fee payment, £23,639
          attained NVQ 3 in foster care and
          completed the CWDC training
          standards + Salford standard 7.
          Foster carers will need to have
          demonstrated an ability to work more
          autonomously with a clear grasp of the
          3D treatment model.
Specialist scheme scenarios

Focus weekly payments & allowances
Grade 1 (£19,285/52 = £371 weekly) /
Grade 2 (£19,852/52 = £382 weekly)

One child aged 6
Allowance £122
Skills payment £371 / £382
Weekly total £493 / £504


One child aged 13
Allowance £140
Skills payment £371 / £382
Weekly total £511/ £522


One child aged 16
Allowance £164
Skills payment £371 / £382
Weekly total £535 / £546



3D weekly payments & allowances
Grade 1 (£22,022/52 = £424 weekly) /
Grade 2 (£22,740/52 = £437) /
Grade 3 (£23,639/52 = £455 weekly)

One child aged 13
Allowance £140
Skills payment £424 / £437 / £455
Weekly total £564 / £577 / £595


One child aged 16
Allowance £164
Skills payment £424 / £437 / £455
Weekly total £588 / £601 / £619




Other allowances
All foster carers receive birthday, Christmas, holiday, essential clothing and school uniform
allowances for each child placed with them. Retainer allowances are also paid in some
circumstances for foster carers with a placement vacancy or children needing a single
placement. Details of these allowances and other expenses are available from the family
placement team.

Taxes
There is a tax allowance of £10,000 per household plus £200 for every week or part week
that a child under 11 is placed or £250 for a child over 11.
This means that almost all General foster carers pay no tax on their fostering payments
but Focus and 3D carers will be liable to pay tax on anything over £20,400 (child under 11)
or £23,000 (child over 11).

								
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