Decision details

20/00006 - Payment increase for in house Emergency Bed Foster Carers

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




The Emergency Bed Scheme is a valuable resource provided by the Kent Fostering Service.  It provides children and young people with a time limited home during a period of crisis which can include; a child/young person being placed on remand, family breakdown or a placement break down.  The scheme has been in place for several years without any recent revision.  The Policy aims to provide a clear and up to date framework on the roles and responsibilities within the service to ensure that the needs of a child/young person are responded to in a timely manner to achieve identification of the most appropriate home for their needs.  There is a current fostering recruitment strategy which includes increasing the number of Emergency Bed carers; the revised policy and proposed payment structure will enhance our ability to attract more carers to the scheme. 


The scheme has been reviewed, with a recommendation to update the current policy and implement the following changes:


·         Increase the current 7-day placement limit to 10 working days

·         Clarify the roles within the Integrated Children Services teams to ensure accountability and ensure appropriate support for children, young people and foster carers

·         Clarify processes, timescales and authorisations for specific actions

·         Introduce the ability to pay an enhanced payment to emergency bed carers for our most complex children. 

·         Provide an updated agreement/contract to emergency bed foster carers.

·         Support and enhance recruitment of foster carers to the scheme



To agree that Kent County Council will introduce an enhanced payment structure for emergency bed placements with in-house foster carers. This is to strengthen the placement provision for children and young people at times of crisis and avoid young people going into residential placements.


Publication date: 27/01/2020

Date of decision: 27/01/2020

Effective from: 04/02/2020

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