Fostering: short break payments

If you're a foster carer and you provide respite for main foster carers while they have a short break, you can claim a short break payment.

Short break care payments

The payment rate is £10.26 per hour, and a payment rate of £64.13 for an overnight stay.

The maximum payment for one overnight and full day care is £141.21.

You can claim the short break payment for a minimum of a 4 hour session, and up to but no more than 7 days.


Any mileage costs will be paid at the current foster care rate of 42 pence per mile. 

Claim a short breaks payment