Mainstream fostering payments
We pay our carers weekly while they are caring for a foster child. The payment is made up of two elements
- a maintenance element for living costs
- a reward element for the work undertaken
Our carers are also entitled to 2 weeks' paid holiday a year.
|Age group||Reward element||Maintenance element||Total weekly amount|
|Under 2 years||£108.61||£146.44||£255.05|
|2 - 4 years||£108.61||£150.78||£259.39|
|5 - 8 years||£108.61||£168.00||£276.61|
|9 - 10 years||£206.29||£168.00||£374.29|
|11 - 15 years||£206.29||£190.61||£396.90|
|16 - 18 years||£206.29||£224.00||£430.29|
Related placements receive only maintenance element unless the required training is undertaken.
Non-related placements are required to undertake the training and therefore receive both reward and maintenance elements.
Children with disabilities
- full time placements from £316.93 to £512.81 per week plus Disability Living Allowance
- short break placements from £59.23 to £73.26 per night
Payment for skills
Payment for Skills is our initiative to recognise the skills that our carers have.
You will be assessed and paid an enhanced fee dependent on your assessed skill level. There are 2 levels for additional payment, £20.23 for level 2 and £50.54 for level 3. The assessment is based on your abilities and not on the needs of the particular child placed with you.
Read more about our standards.
Tax and benefits
Read our guide to tax and benefits for foster carers (PDF, 74.2 KB).
As a KCC foster carer, children in your care are eligible for a Young Person's Travel Pass, which means they benefit from free bus travel throughout Kent.
As a foster carer, HMRC will treat you as being self-employed and a self-assessment form will need to be completed at the end of each financial year.
The foster carers and HMRC webinar explains what self-employment means to you, how to use qualifying care relief, keep records and what to put on your tax return. It is suitable for prospective foster carers or those already approved as foster carers.
More information can be found on the HMRC self employed webinars page.