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Payment for skills scheme 2020/21

Fostering Payments

The Payment for Skills scheme was introduced in 2001 and is designed to recognise the range of knowledge; competency and experience that foster carers possess, with carers paid an additional fee for each child in placement by reference to their skills level. During your assessment your skills and experience will be assessed and the level you start on will be discussed.

As a foster carer you complete a set of standards and produce a portfolio which evidences your skills and experience. As a new foster carer if you complete Standard 6 of the TSD Standards and complete the Foundations to Foster training during your assessment, then you may be able to commence fostering at Level 2. If you have relevant professional childcare experience or have experience of working with vulnerable children, then you can be considered to commence fostering at Level 3.

Already fostering? we will discuss your individual circumstances with you if you decide you want to transfer to us based on your experience and skills.

If you have any questions about the payment for skills scheme or are unsure what level you might start at please contact the team and we’d be happy to discuss further with you please email –

If you would like to download a copy of the payments please click on the link below: