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Durham County Council - Children and Young People’s Services - Foster Carers

Fees and allowances: A weekly payment from £304 to £860+ per week while you have a child/young person in placement (dependent on experience, the number of children you care for and any additional needs that individual children have).

Durham County Council wants the best outcomes for Durham children.  We want to give them the best full-time care, support and encouragement available to help them achieve this. 

With this in mind, the council is currently recruiting more foster carers for children of all ages, needs and backgrounds to join their growing team of over 250 fostering families across the region.

This includes more short and long-term foster carers to care for a range of children, including:

• Children of all ages (0-18 years)
• Teenagers
• Brothers and sisters
• Children with a range of disabilities
• Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, who have left their parents and own countries and come to the UK.


Who can apply to become a foster carer?

Our current foster carers come from many ages and backgrounds, including different cultures, religions and ethnicities. 

Whether you’re married or single, your sexuality, age or whether you own or rent a home will not impact on an application to become a foster carer.

Foster carers ideally need to be people who are:

• Able to show they have experience of caring for (or who have worked with) children and/or young people, including some children who may display challenging behaviour because of their past
• Flexible and resilient, with a strong sense of humour
• Always available to meet the needs of the child/young person they are caring for
• Able to recognise the importance of their own and the young person’s learning and development needs
• Good at communicating, being computer literate is desirable, but not essential.

Support our foster carers receive:

• Regular support and guidance from your own dedicated fostering social worker
• Regular support and guidance from a social worker for the child or young person living with you.
• High quality training – the council has invested significantly in training to provide foster carers with the tools to care for children and young people safely 
• Access to a range of Durham County Council support services – including the council’s unique therapeutic service specifically to help children and young people who are in care.  This service has a clinical psychologist and a number of specialist social workers who also offer advice and support directly to foster carers
• The council have specialist nurses and a dedicated education service to guide foster carers with the help and information they might need.
• Local foster carer support groups, these are offered face to face and virtually to suit your specific needs
• Sons and Daughters support group for foster carers own children – we take them to laser quest, bowling, roller skating and more, so they can make new friends and talk about what it can be like supporting children who come to live with them
• Annual Fostering Family Events – throughout the year the fostering service are dedicated to offering opportunities for foster families to meet up and have fun together
• The knowledge you are making a real difference to the lives of Durham children and young people in your care.


Financial support

• Foster carers receive fees and allowances from £304 to £860+ per week while they have children or young people living with them (dependent on experience and any additional needs individual children have)
• As a foster carer, you are also entitled to a fixed tax exemption of £10,000 per year on top of your standard personal allowance
• In addition, you get tax relief for each week a child is in your care. This tax relief is:

o £200 per child per week under 11 years old
o £250 per child per week for children over 11 years old.


Want to join our fostering family?

If you think you have what it takes to become a foster carer, please complete our initial online enquiry form.
For an informal chat about the role call our Fostering Team on 03000 269 400 or email with any questions you may have.

For further information about the Fostering Service, please visit

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