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Support for foster carers

We will support you throughout your time as a foster carer in a range of ways.

Your Supervising Social Worker

As a foster carer with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, you will be allocated your own dedicated Supervising Social Worker (SSW).

Our SSWs have a wealth of experience supporting foster carers. Your SSW will be your point of contact within the Children's Fostering and Carers Team at the Council.

They will:

  • help you develop your skills
  • talk you through ongoing training

Foster carer allowance

Foster carers receive a realistic allowance to cover the everyday expenses that caring for a child involves.

The current allowance for new carers ranges from £150.00 to £255.00 per week per child, depending on the age of the child.

As you become more experienced as a carer, this can increase to between £275.00 and £380.00 per week per child, depending on the age of the child.

Extra payments are given to cover special occasions such as birthdays and holidays.

Tax and National Insurance

As a foster carer, you may have questions about what tax and national insurance you need to pay. HMRC has developed an e-learning course to help guide you through everything you need to know. There are useful tips and practical case studies as part of the course which you can do at your own pace.

Start the free e-learning course

Further information

For more information on our Fostering Service, read the Fostering Service Statement of Purpose.

Watch our video featuring foster carers talking about the rewards of fostering

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