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Topic : Foster carers pay

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    Christian

    How do people feel about payment for foster carers. Should they get paid more for the type of work they do or is it a vocation and money should not be made an issue.

    Jane1

    they have professionalised foster carers in recent years – expectations are higher with training etc and as a 24/7 job I believe they should be paid more. As many agencies expect foster carers to give up work (main carer) then they must be paid an adequate wage. that is not to say that motivation should be financial and this should be ascertained at assessment stage

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    Sandra

    There seems to be big differences in payments to foster carers depending on which LA/IFA they foster for and the way fees are structured.

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    Steve

    I feel Foster Carers should be paid a good wage. The service they offer our most vulnerable children and young people has, for the vast majority, much better outcomes when compared to much costlier residential children’s homes. This is not to denigrate residential services as they can and do provide good quality care for children, some of whom are unable to live within a family setting. I have heard many people, including some social workers, say that foster carers can earn ‘huge amounts’. This may be so in a few cases but my usual response is ‘So are you thinking of applying?’. Very few are! šŸ™‚
    I suspect there will continue to be different levels of payments between different IFAs/LAs as there are often very different expectations of carers who will be providing care for a very wide variety of children.

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    Christian

    The demands made on foster carers now is huge and ever increasing. Foster carers should not feel as if they cannot bring up the finance issue as the type of work they are doing is fundamentally some of the most challenging areas of work to be in. Violence, allegations, assaults challenging behaviour is the norm for some foster carers. The majority of foster carers suffer in silence and just get on with the task as if it were easy. Better outcomes is what we are all after and providing foster carers with proper support and ensuring their finances are in line with the work they do.

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    Christian

    The demands made on foster carers now are huge and ever increasing. Foster carers should not feel as if they cannot bring up the finance issue as the type of work they are doing is fundamentally some of the most challenging areas of work to be in. Violence, allegations, assaults challenging behaviour is the norm for some foster carers. The majority of foster carers suffer in silence and just get on with the task as if it were easy. Better outcomes is what we are all after and providing foster carers with proper support and ensuring their finances are in line with the work they do should a must. Training that excels and strong support would benefit all involved with fostering, which of course sounds obvious, but not all foster carers receive this on a regular basis.

    leanne

    Its definitely a vocation but I do think Foster Carers should be paid a fair wage to represent the 24/7 nature of the job not to mention the risks they are taking on!!! In addition a decent pay structure enhances the life of the children in placement and allows the Foster Carer not to have to take any additional work and be there full time.

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