Payments, training and development

Fostering a child or young person is a big responsibility and involves providing physical and emotional support for many different children, each with their own individual characters and some with complex needs. To equip you to play your role we provide regular training and development opportunities. And to support your progression we hold annual reviews to discuss your fostering experience and development and future requirements.

We also run a Buddy system where new foster carers are ‘buddied’ with our experienced carers in their local area to give support and guidance. In addition we hold a monthly development and support group for newly approved foster carers.

As part of the professional approach Fife Council encourages, all foster carers are given membership of the Fostering Network, a nationwide organisation that offers guidance and advice on fostering related issues.

Once you are approved as a carer a dedicated supervising social will give you advice and guidance. Together you will create a dedicated training and personal development programme and you will have access to 24 hour support from skilled social workers.

Financial support

  • Foster carers are employed on a self-employed basis and are not salaried members of Fife Council staff. You will receive a weekly fee for yourself and a weekly maintenance payment to cover the expense of looking after the child who is placed with you. This payment varies dependent on the age of the child and covers costs for food, clothing, electricity, holidays and trips, clubs and hobbies, routine transport in relation looking after the child.Additional maintenance payments will be made to cover holidays, birthdays and Christmas and foster carers are entitled to two weeks’ paid holidays per year.

Fife Council’s current Fostering Allowances:

Age Related Child Maintenance Weekly


Additional Weeks (7 weeks total)

Summer = 2 weeks maintenanceEaster = 1 weeks maintenance
October = 1 week maintenanceBirthday = 1 week maintenance
Christmas = 2 weeks maintenance

Foster Carer Fees Weekly (paid fortnightly)

Level 1 Foster Carer£237.62
Level 2 Foster Carer£356.45

Subsequent Child Fee Weekly

£50 per week

Short Break/Respite Carers

Short break foster carers offering respite placements are paid 1 day’s fee and 1 day’s maintenance allowance for each full night of placement.

Foster Carers who offer short break placements in addition to full time placements are paid 1 day’s maintenance allowance for each full night of placement.

Support Carers

The Support Carer Scheme formalises the use of extended family and friends to provide ongoing support to a Foster Carer when short periods of cover are required for the children in placement.

Support Carers will be paid the fee only on a pro-rate basis. The Foster Carer will be expected to pay an appropriate amount from the maintenance allowance for the child’s upkeep.


HM Revenue & Customs support (HMRC)

HMRC provide information about tax liabilities to foster carers through a series of webinars (online presentations) and an e-learning module Tax for Foster Carers on their website. Live or recorded webinars are available on a range of topics for foster carers such as keeping records and what to put on your tax return.

“The great thing about foster caring is that you are never alone. There is always someone to help you such as my own Link Worker, an experienced ‘buddy’ carer who initially mentors you, as well as other agencies involved in the child’s care. You are really part of a team and I have also developed my own network of other foster carers throughout the local area.”

Steve Swinley, foster carer