To help them to care for our young people, foster carers receive specific fees and allowances from Care Visions Fostering Scotland.
Foster carers receive a payment for each child they foster, based on nationally recognised rates. The payment is made up of a fee for the foster carer and an allowance for the child.
These rates take into account that in many situations at least one foster parent will need to be at home full-time to be available for the foster child, depending on the needs of the child.
The rates are also based on a number of factors including the age of the child and whether they have any specific needs. Allowances are expected cover the day-to-day cost of fostering a child, including:
In addition, as foster carers are classed as self-employed, certain benefits are available when paying income tax. More information on this is available from the HMRC website at https://www.gov.uk/foster-carers/help-with-the-cost-of-fostering and The Fostering Network provides further guidance at https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/advice-information/finances/tax-and-national-insurance.
We are aware of the feelings and experiences of others. We care through relationships based on empathy, warmth and affection to restore and maintain trust and hope.
We live by our values and our actions demonstrate our commitment to them. We nurture potential and challenge appropriately.
We value others and will act in a way that communicates this. We recognise our differences and celebrate them. We listen to and care for each other.
We aim to protect people from harm. We recognise the impact trauma has and that sustained therapeutic relationships can have a positive impact. Our work is trauma-informed and based on attachment theory.