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Responding to the article in Sunday’s Observer newspaper about the “cash crisis pushing child services to tipping point”, Jackie Sanders, director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network, said: ‘It comes as absolutely no surprise that the local government association in England and others are calling for urgent investment into the children’s social care system.

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Mortgage Brain, who ‭are taking over from Endsleigh to provide specialist mortgage advice to our foster ‭carer members and a discounted arrangement fee for a completed mortgage. ‭Advisers at The Mortgage Brain have helped many foster carers secure mortgages ‭over the past five years and they are looking forward to helping our members find ‭the right mortgage for them. 

Financial support and learning and development for foster carers and staying put carers

The local authority will be required to evidence that each staying put arrangement meets ‘basic standards’. It is the local authority’s responsibility to provide (whether directly or through commissioned services) support to both the young person and to the former foster carers. This includes foster carers approved and supported by independent fostering providers. The levels of support to be provided should take account of the individual circumstances and needs.

Claiming benefits

Foster carers are approved rather than employed by their fostering service, and this status has a particular effect on means-tested benefits. In the main, fostering payments when a child is placed with a foster carer are disregarded when calculating welfare benefits.  Alternatively, foster carers may be able to claim Working Tax Credit because fostering is regarded as ‘work’ by HMRC when they have a child in placement.

Tax and national insurance

All foster carers are treated as self-employed for tax purposes. There is a specific tax scheme foster carers can use called qualifying care relief. The scheme calculates a generous tax threshold unique to the fostering household and when compared with their total fostering payments determines if a foster carer has to pay any tax from their fostering or not.   For many foster carers their total fostering payments are below their tax threshold and they do not have to pay any tax.  

Fees and allowances

Allowances

All foster carers receive a weekly fostering allowance which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This should cover food, clothes, toiletries and all other expenses incurred in looking after a fostered child.  

Foster Carer’s Professional Development

These training courses provide experienced foster carers with the opportunity to gain expertise. They will also provide social work teams with an opportunity to involve foster carers in the development of the fostering service.

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Event type: 
In-house training

Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.

Peer Mentoring

Aim

To provide an overview of a peer mentoring scheme

Region: 
Wales

These training courses provide experienced foster carers with the opportunity to gain expertise. They will also provide social work teams with an opportunity to involve foster carers in the development of the fostering service.

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Event type: 
In-house training

Click on the course title to see a sample of the aims and objectives. Courses can be bought individually, or as a package.

Peer Mentoring

Aim

To provide an overview of a peer mentoring scheme

Region: 
Wales
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