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Fostering in Somerset 


We are a not-for-profit Fostering Service. More of our financial resources go into helping our children find the best fostering placements, plus great ‘skills to foster’ training. We offer on-going support, both from the team and other experienced carers.

There are many different types of fostering, find out which suits you best here or chat to our team anytime.


Fostering Progression Scheme


We make fee payments to all our foster carers and carers will progress up a payment scale, when they build up their experience and complete training.

All foster carers can attend on-going training and social events, and we offer on call support – so you are never far from help and advice.

We now offer a range of discounts and extra rewards on everything on shopping to holidays.

Find out about the many different types of fostering here


‘Stepping Stones’ Supported Lodgings

Could you offer a spare bedroom and guidance to a young care leaver?

Many young people are not ready to live on their own.

They want independence but also need the safety net of a room to go back to and someone to offer advice.

The scheme helps people over 16 to develop the practical skills and emotional stability they need to live independently and reach their potential. You have the same access to ‘skills to foster’ as our foster carers, plus great support. This may suit people who want help young people, but also work alongside being a provider.


How does it work?

You can rent a room in your home to a young person and give them support, encouragement and guidance. They become part of the household and share the facilities.

Some need help with practical tasks like cooking or budgeting, while others will need more emotional support.

It will be easier for them to start work or training or continue in education without the added pressure of moving on their own and do everything themselves.

With your help, they gradually take on more responsibility for looking after themselves until they feel confident enough to cope on their own.

it’s about making young people feel welcome, comfortable and secure, and enjoying their company. It may be that you have the skills to help young people with the challenges they face through raising your own children, or because you have worked with young people.


Do you foster already and are looking to transfer?


Fostering with us means you are helping local children in your area We try to place children with our own Local Authority carers before looking at independent agencies which means foster carers will have regular placements.

Find out more about the benefits of fostering directly for your local council here




Allowances and Fees



Fostering allowances are payable to foster carers to cover all the needs of children and young people.

Weekly fostering allowances are:


0-4 £143.57
5-10 £163.54
11-15 £203.59
16+ £247.67


The basic fostering allowance covers the full cost of caring for a foster child, including:

  • Food • Clothing
  • Pocket money • Personal and household expenditure
  • Equipment • Special outings
  • Dental and optical needs • Activities – including clubs and hobbies
  • School activities • Telephone expenses



All foster carers are paid a fee to reflect the type of placement they offer and the skills, experience and commitment they bring to fostering. This is in addition to the allowance received for the child. The fee scheme provides a clear career pathway for foster carers to progress through the levels if they wish to. One of the fee scheme’s central principles is that the skills, experience and training of foster carers are recognised and properly regarded.


Approval at the different levels will depend on:

  • The carer’s assessed core skills
  • The length of experience as an approved carer
  • The training that has been undertaken

Allowance plus fee per child

£75 fee – 1st child in placement

£100 fee – 2nd and 3rd child in placement


 Fostering Plus

Allowance plus fee per child

£ 175 fee – 1st child in placement

£225 fee– 2nd and 3rd child in placement*

*If there is a need for a carer of a school aged child to be home based, a fee of £225 may be applicable.


Specialist Fostering Therapeutic Foster Care (TFCO): £375

Family Assessment and Support Team (FA&ST) Parent and Child Fostering: £375

Single Placement Scheme and complex medical needs: £375

Allowances for children and adults in placement are paid in addition to the fees.


Connected persons foster carers receive the allowance for the child or children they are caring for during their temporary approval. They will then receive the Level 1 fee in addition to this upon full approval at Fostering Panel.


Fees paid for specialist schemes:


Parent and Child:

The fee paid to carers on this scheme is £375 per week in addition to a 16+ fostering allowance for the parent in placement, and the appropriate rate for the child. The £375 fee is paid throughout the year to enable carers to take a break and to retain the placement.


School Holiday and Weekend Fostering:

Carers receive the fostering allowance when the child stays and a retainer of £25 per week for maintaining contact when they are not there. There is an additional payment to the carer of £500 per annum for every 12 month period of commitment to the child.


Stepping Stones:

(Supported lodgings – providing a bedroom and guidance to help young care leavers as they become adult)

Carers on this scheme for 16+ young people are paid depending on the level of support needed, which starts from £185 per week plus £27.50 for food, utilities etc., paid by the young person from their allowance.


Therapeutic Foster Care (Previously MTFC):

The fee paid to carers on this programme is £375 per week in addition to the fostering allowance for the child. The £375 per week is paid to the carer throughout the year to enable carers to take a break and to retain the placement.


Remand Fostering:

The fee paid to carers on this programme is £300 per week in addition to the fostering allowance for the child. A retainer of £300 per week is also available.


Short Break Care:

Short Break carers care for children with a range of disabilities. Most Short Break carers will meet the requirements of Fostering Plus through the skills and experience that they have for this specific fostering task.  Short Break carers are paid a proportionate allowance and fee on the days they foster children. Those carers who care for children who are CHC funded (that is those with complex medical needs) will then receive the £375 pro rata.

If you’re thinking of fostering and would like to chat with an experienced member of the team – get in touch!


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