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 moved to Child Disability Payment by summer 2023.

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

If your child moves from Scotland to England or Wales

If your child gets Child Disability Payment and they move from Scotland to England or Wales, you must make a new claim for DLA for children instead.

Your Child Disability Payment will stop 13 weeks after your child moves – apply for DLA as soon as possible after moving to avoid a gap between payments.