Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability

They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements.

The DLA rate is between £24.45 and £156.90 a week and depends on the level of help the child needs.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg), British Sign Language (BSL) and easy read format.

If your child lives in Scotland

You need to apply for Child Disability Payment instead of DLA for children.

If you currently get DLA for children, you’ll be automatically switched to Child Disability Payment before the end of 2022.

When the switch begins, you’ll get a letter from Social Security Scotland. Read more about the switching process.