Fostering in Sutton

Support while fostering

As a foster carer for Sutton Council you would have access to the following support:

  • A Supervising Social Worker (SSW) - will be allocated to a foster carer to support, advise and guide you in every aspect of fostering. They will also be able to discuss any concerns directly with the child’s Social Worker (see below for more information)

  • Training courses - You will have full access to a comprehensive in-house training programme. You can also raise any specialist training requirements with your SSW

  • Strong local fostering association - Within Sutton there is a strong Fostering Association. As a Foster Carer for Sutton Council you will be able to join this group and access some of the great benefits as a result. You can find out more the local Fostering Association here

  • Financial support - All Foster Carers will receive a fee for the work they do and an allowance for the child; find out more about the fee and allowance rate below

  • Peer Mentoring - Peer mentoring is provided by experienced foster carers to all newly approved foster carers

  • Foster Carers Support groups -  These support groups meet regularly for mutual support, ideas and information sharing

  • Psychologists - Our psychologists will be able to provide input to foster carers where there are identified  issues or concerns with children in foster placements

  • “Looked After Child” nurses - The nurses will be able to provide foster carers advice on all aspects of a child’s health

Financial Support

As a carer for Sutton Council, you will receive a fee for your time and an allowance to directly support the child or children you are caring for.

The table below provides a summary of the rates that we currently offer:

(per week)




11 to 15

16 to 17

Allowance for the child






Fee for the Foster Carer






Weekly total






Who is a Supervising Social Worker and what do they do?

As a foster carer, you will have a Supervising Social Worker (SSW) allocated to you in order to support and guide you through your fostering career.

They support foster carer(s) and household members through:

  • Discussing concerns, answering queries, providing reassurance, and offer explanations for clarity
  • Prepare foster carer for meetings and review and attend the meetings and reviews (with carer)
  • Communicate and advocate for support for the fostering household
  • Recommend training courses in order to increase learning and development of carer for expansion of knowledge and skills
  • Ensure foster carers have a suitable accommodation that is in compliance with health and safety standards that safeguard a child