You can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16 but you will have to show that your child needs more care, supervision or guidance than other children of the same age. You cannot get DLA for a child under three years old because they have problems walking, but you may be able to get it for their care needs.
Because the DLA claim form is long and complicated, it is a good idea to get some advice to help you fill it in.
When your child reaches 16, they will have to claim a new benefit, called Personal Independence Payment (PIP), unless they are terminally ill when they can stay on DLA. Most people who claim Personal Independence Payment will have to have a medical to see if they are entitled.
PIP has two components, one for daily living and for mobility problems. The DWP will write to all young people whose DLA as a child is coming to an end to explain to them how to claim PIP if this is what they need to do.
For more information about DLA for children under 16, and about PIP, use the GOV.UK website. If you are in Northern Ireland where PIP started more recently, there is more information on the NI Direct site. Throughout the UK, the national charity for families with disabled children, Contact a Family, has information about claiming DLA for children and about PIP for young people who reach 16.
Working Families has a project Waving not drowning, for the parents of disabled children who work or want to work.
This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details.
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