Support for foster carers

If you decide to become a foster carer, we fully support you right from the very beginning and throughout your fostering career.

We have an extensive range of benefits, support and training opportunities for our foster carers.

Financial allowances

If you become a foster carer you are entitled to -

  • a weekly allowance paid to cover the cost of looking after a child in your home. The amount paid depends on the age of the child placed and is to cover the cost of the looking after the child
  • additional allowances for extra costs such as setting up your home to become a foster carer
  • payments for holidays, birthdays and religious holidays
  • additional weekly fee payments, which reflect your commitment and development as a foster carer. These are also paid weekly when a child is in placement

Fostering rates

 Age   Weekly Daily Holiday Christmas Birthday
0 to four  £142.86 £20.41 £285.72 £142.86 £142.86
Five to 10 £162.73 £23.25 £325.46 £162.73 £162.73
11 to 15  £202.58 £28.94 £405.16 £202.58 £202.58
16 and above   £246.44 £35.21 £492.88 £246.44 £246.44

 

Payment for skills

Level Payment Number of hours
One £34 0 to four hours
Two £66.90 Five to eight hours
Three £123.15 Nine to 12 hours

Supported lodgings

Age Payment
16 and above £221.44

 

Support for foster carers and your family

There are lots of support for you and your family including - 

  • you have a dedicated fostering social worker, who offers you guidance and support through your fostering placements
  • out of hours support, available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day – you can be assured there is specialised help on the end of the telephone at all times
  • within your first year you will be offered a mentor, who is an experienced foster carer who has been in the same situation as you, to help guide and support you
  • fostering support groups – a place you can meet other foster carers within your local area, who become another friendly and experienced support network
  • support group for the children of foster carers – where the children who can share their experiences and enjoy activities together
  • access to independent fostering advice and support through FosterTalk
  • membership of The Fostering Network, a charity that supports foster carers with training, publications and practical support

 

Social events for all the family

We provide parties and trips out for the whole family as well as clubs for all children in fostering families. These are organised throughout the year.

Leisure passes

You can purchase a leisure pass which allows your whole household free or heavily discounted access to leisure services across Hull and the East Riding.

Getting a break (respite care)

If you or your foster child or children need a break, there is respite care available.

Extra help from other services

You can access practical or specialised support through us. This could be extra help from education or medical specialists or time with sessional workers who work with a child on a one to one basis.

Training

Our dedicated fostering training officers offer innovative and bespoke training to our carers. All of our carers also have the opportunity to study for a funded NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

Learning programme

Once you are approved as a foster carer with us the following courses are available to be worked through at home -

  • role of a foster carer
  • child development
  • supporting transitions
  • effective recording
  • introduction to attachment
  • children's rights
  • introduction to caring for disabled children
  • equality and diversity
  • understanding adolescence
  • effective communication
  • working in partnership
  • health and safety

Safe internet access

We also offer free software on your computers called Netopian, which allows your foster child or children to access the internet safely. At Netopian, specialists monitor internet use for instances of -

  • bullying
  • online grooming
  • predatory behaviour

​​​The Netopian helpdesk specialists are trained to deal with issues that may arise and are experienced with dealing with all vulnerable groups in social care.