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Allowances Report 2019-20 for Northern Ireland

Location: N. Ireland

Author: The Fostering Network

Year: 2019


All foster carers receive a weekly fostering allowance from their fostering service when they have a child in placement, which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This includes food, clothes, toiletries, travel and all other expenses incurred and varies depending on the age of the child. Some foster carers also get a fee for their time, skills and experience. This report focuses purely on the allowances given to the foster carer to cover the costs of looking after a fostered child.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland publishes minimum allowances (NMAs) for foster carers, with the expectation that all Health and Social Care Trusts meet these amounts. See Table 1 for the figures for this financial year compared with last year as well as the English rate. Even though the minimum fostering allowance levels have increased from last year, this was below inflation.

Children in Care in Northern Ireland

Location: N. Ireland

Author: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

Year: 2018


This publication presents information on children in Northern Ireland who have been looked after continuously for 12 months or longer at 30 September each year. Information is presented on the educational achievements of these children as well as religious background, ethnicity, disability, placement, health, economic activity and criminal convictions.

Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives

Location: N. Ireland

Author: Department of Health and Department of Education

Year: 2018


This is the strategy document which delineates the N. Ireland strategy in improving the lives of Looked After Children.

Mind Your Health: The physical and mental health of looked after children and young people in Northern Ireland

Location: N. Ireland

Author: McSherry, D., Fargas Malet, M., McLaughlin, K., Adams, C., O'Neill, N., Cole, J., & Walsh, C. (2015). Mind Your Health: The physical and mental health of looked after children and young people in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Queens University Belfast.

Year: 2015


The Mind Your Health study is a Queen’s University study, supported by a grant from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). The research study, which ran from May 2012 to April 2015 (three years), set out to profile the health needs of the Looked After children and young people (LACYP) population in Northern Ireland, and to explore how these needs were currently being met. The study used a mixed-methods approach, which included: a review of policy and practice documents; five focus group interviews with senior social work managers in each of the Health and Social Care Trusts; 233 telephone interviews with carers (foster, kinship, and residential); 25 semi-structured interviews with young people; and multi-disciplinary focus group interviews with professionals in four HSC Trusts.

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