This document outlines the schedule of weekly payments made to foster carers and the "foster carers skills scheme”. This scheme has been developed following consultation and discussion with foster carers and staff. It addresses many of the issues raised by foster carers and staff about the previous, complex system of payment.
The skills payment scheme will replace all other payment arrangements. This scheme will be 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. This will enable a period of transition for all foster carers and will allow for personal circumstances to be considered.