Issue details

Foster Carer Fees and Retainers

To approve a review of foster carer fees and retainers; including a review of the ‘Payment for Skills’ model and associated foster carer fee and retainer structure, reflecting the introduction of new tiers of carer skill level, and to establish a single set of terms and conditions in a single, rationalised approach.


To approve the use of strategic contingency reserves to fund the proposals.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/04/2022

Decision due: 19 Oct 2022 by Executive Board

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After 07545 604328 Email:

Consultation process

Proposals will continue to be benchmarked against any available National/Regional Fostering Terms and arrangements, and consultation will take place with relevant stakeholders on proposed changes to the existing payment structure.


Executive Member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships

Corporate Parenting Board

Foster Carer Liaison Group and wider foster care community

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Adults & Children's Social Care & Health Partnerships


Agenda items


  • Report to the Decision Maker