Becoming a foster carer – pay detail 

As with all foster carer agencies, evolve employees receive two key elements to their income:

• The cost of keeping the child or young person – food, clothing, utilities, transport, pocket money, outings and activities.

• A professional fee – to recognize the skills and to reward a foster parent for their hard work and commitment.

What factors affect foster carers’ pay?

The amount you are paid depends on certain factors:

• The age and needs of your foster placement

• The geographical area you are fostering in i.e. Kent

• Your skills and experience

So what’s the base line if you become a new foster carer?

Foster parent payments in Kent and the South East vary depending on the agency or local authority you choose. Agencies are usually able to offer more. Expect a total annual income of around £22,000 basic pay when you first start.

Do foster carers get more pay for more qualifications?

Yes. Ongoing personal development is important to this role and payment structure is designed to rewards continuous professional growth. You will start your career on basic pay until you’ve completed 12 months of fostering and compulsory training. After the first year, further training is offered such as NVQ3 or QCF Level 3 Health and Social Care. Pay will almost certainly increase as this is achieved. At evolve, training sessions may focus, for example, on proactive parenting and how to work with children with a traumatic past.

If you become a foster carer, do you pay tax?

Foster carers are classed as self-employed and benefit from HMRC tax rules. If you are fostering one child or young person, you will not need to pay tax. If you have more than one in your care, you will pay only small amounts of tax.
With formal pay structures in place and expert training readily available, there is almost always a practical way forward to join the friendly, professional teams of foster carers at evolve. They actively and whole-heartedly provide a safe and caring environment to vulnerable children and young people and welcome new team members to work alongside them.

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