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Who should apply

Any adult with parental rights and responsibilities or guardian can apply for Child Disability Payment on behalf of the child if the child:

  • is under 16
  • lives in Scotland

If the child does not live in Scotland

You can still apply if the child both:

  • lives in the EEA, Switzerland or Gibraltar
  • has a genuine and sufficient link to Scotland

A genuine and sufficient link is where you do not live in Scotland, but have a link to Scotland. For example, you or a family member have spent a significant part of their life in Scotland.

Find out more about children currently living in an EEA country, Switzerland or Gibraltar.

If you do not have parental rights and responsibilities for the child

You can still apply, if the child is not living with a parent or guardian that both:

  • wants to manage their Child Disability Payment
  • is able to do this

You must be willing for Social Security Scotland to name you as the child’s appointee to manage their Child Disability Payment.

If the child already gets Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

You do not need to apply for Child Disability Payment. You’ll continue to get your Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

From mid October 2021:

  • cases will start to transfer to Child Disability Payment in stages
  • you’ll get your payments from Social Security Scotland instead

This will be a straightforward transfer process. You do not need to reapply.

Social Security Scotland will:

  • contact you before it happens
  • pay you the same rate and amount on the same date
  • not reassess your award

Until you're told that the transfer process is complete, you should continue to follow instructions given by the DWP to maintain your DLA for children award.

Find out more about the transfer process.

If the child is terminally ill

Anyone can submit a third party application for the child as long as they:

  • tell the person with parental rights and responsibilities, guardian, or appointee if there is one, that they’re applying for them
  • get consent from the child’s parent, guardian or appointee to do so
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