Note: All Short Break carers will receive one consolidated weekly payment which will incorporate all the fixed allowances, including maintenance/personal allowance, disability enhancement etc. for the child. We promote the professionalism of the Fostering Service by the Payment for Skills which concentrates on carers’ skill levels and if agreed, the rates are an additional £3.08 per night for Level 2 and £7.69 per night for Level 3.
Note: Respite carers are paid on a pro rata basis. Related placements receive only maintenance element unless the required training is undertaken.
All foster carers will receive one consolidated weekly payment which will incorporate all the fixed allowances, including maintenance/personal allowance, etc. for the child. In addition, carers of children who are open to the Disability Service receive either a standard or enhanced payment dependent on the assessed needs of the child.
We promote the professionalism of the fostering service by the Payment for Skills which concentrates on carers’ skill levels and if agreed, the rates are an additional £21.55 per week for Level 2 and £53.84 per week for Level 3.
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, £21.55 for level 2 and £53.84 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.
Additional payments are available for different types of foster care. You can contact us for more information.
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.