How it works

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:

Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.

There’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

By claiming Child Benefit, you can get:

  • an allowance paid to you for each child - you’ll usually get it every 4 weeks
  • National Insurance credits which count towards your State Pension
  • a National Insurance number for your child without them having to apply for one - they’ll usually get the number before they turn 16 years old

If you choose not to get Child Benefit payments, you should still fill in and send off the claim form to get the other advantages.

If your circumstances change

You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.