Better deal for foster carers

Published: Tuesday 11th April 17

Foster carers working for Wandsworth Council will receive higher fees and allowances from this month.

The council’s in-house foster carers receive competitive payment to reflect their important role looking after some of the borough’s most vulnerable young people. They get allowances to cover their costs, and fees as payment for their hard work.

From this month weekly allowances will be £196 a week for looking after a 0-10 year old and £255 a week for 11-17 year olds

Weekly fees will go up to £170 for looking after 0-10 year olds and £200 for 11 – 18 year olds -  making a total weekly payment of £366 and £455 respectively. These rates will also be paid for each additional child looked after, and there will also be an enhanced fee for fostering children and young people requiring intensive support. 

There will also be new one-off payments for emergency foster caring in addition to the normal weekly fee.

The aim is to recruit and retain as many high quality foster carers as possible so that children can receive stable long-term care and are not sent to children’s homes or referred to expensive foster agencies. People willing to care for older children and siblings are especially needed

Carers can be married or single, gay or straight, a homeowner or renting, and from any cultural background.  All they need is a spare bedroom and a willingness to provide a home for a child in need.

Single foster carers, or at least one member of a couple, must be aged between 25 and 60 and be in good health. You will receive ongoing training and support.

The council’s spokesman for children and young people Cllr Kathy Tracey said: “Fostering is a hugely rewarding career and each carer we recruit makes a real difference to the life of a young person who needs a home. We recognise that it can be demanding, especially for people looking after older children and siblings, and we want to properly reward our foster carers for their work by paying some of the most competitive rates in London.”

Foster Care Fortnight starts May 8, and the council’s fostering team is keen to meet potential new carers. They will be out and about at various locations, including local supermarkets. Keep an eye on the council’s twitter feed, @wandbc, or Facebook page for updates.

There will also be an open day at the Town Hall on May 26. Just turn up to chat to a member of the team.

In the meantime you can find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fostering or chat to the team on (020) 8871 6666.

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