This guide outlines the schedule of weekly payments made to foster carers and explains the 'foster carers skills scheme'.
The skills payment scheme has replaced all other payment arrangements. This scheme is being implemented from April 2016 for all new child placements and new carers. Existing carers will remain on their current payment arrangement until they take a new child, or it is financially preferable for them to be on the new scheme (for a maximum period of one year with some transition arrangements). After one year all carers will transfer onto the new scheme.