What Social Security Scotland will ask you about
During a Child Disability Payment review, Social Security Scotland will ask you about any changes to the child’s:
- care needs
- mobility needs
They'll also ask you about any emotional, mental or physical distress caused by these changes.
You can also use a review to tell Social Security Scotland about other changes, like changes to your name, or the child's address.
If something changes and you do not tell Social Security Scotland, your child may get a payment by mistake. If this happens, you may be asked to pay the money back.
It’s important that you tell Social Security Scotland about any changes so they can make sure your child continues to get the right rate of payment for their needs.
If you do not tell Social Security Scotland about a change that could affect the child's award, you may be committing an offence under section 72 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.
Types of change
If a child or young person you look after gets Child Disability Payment, you need to tell Social Security Scotland about any changes to their care needs and conditions, or their mobility.
You must tell Social Security Scotland if:
- the child's condition gets better or worse in the longer term
- the level of help and care the child needs changes
You do not need to tell Social Security Scotland if:
- the child spends any time in hospital
- the child's condition fluctuates on a day to day basis
Day to day needs and changing conditions
Conditions can vary from day to day, and if the child‘s overall needs remain the same, then you do not need to tell Social Security Scotland.
If the child‘s condition has gotten significantly better or worse, then you'll need to let Social Security Scotland know.
Changes to the child's care arrangements
You must also tell Social Security Scotland if the child:
- moves away from Scotland, either temporarily or permanently
- goes into a care home or residential care
- goes into, or comes out of, a residential educational establishment or a detention facility
If you have any questions
If something has changed and you’re unsure whether you need to tell Social Security Scotland, call free on 0800 182 2222 to check. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Find out what to do if you need help contacting Social Security Scotland, or are calling from abroad.
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