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How to apply

The application is in 2 parts. This is unless you're applying for a child who is terminally ill, in which case there is only 1 part to make the process faster.

You should complete both parts of the application within 6 weeks of each other. If you have any difficulties meeting the timescales, contact Social Security Scotland to discuss.

You do not need to apply for Child Disability Payment if the child already gets Disability Living Allwance (DLA) for children. 

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

Online 

To apply online, start the application through myaccount. This lets you save the application as you go so you can come back to it when it suits you.

If you do not already have an account with myaccount, you'll need to:

  • register with a username and password
  • give some personal details

Apply online

Phone and paper 

You can call Social Security Scotland by phone to start an application for a child.

Freephone: 0800 182 2222 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).

If you need to contact Social Security Scotland from outside the UK, please call +44 (0)138 2931 000. This call is not free but you can ask Social Security Scotland to call you back. Check with your phone provider for details of charges.

Social Security Scotland will ask for some details about you and the child so they can start your application.

They'll then send you a paper application to complete and return in a prepaid envelope.

If you’re sending information to Social Security Scotland from outside the UK, you’ll need to pay the correct amount for postage. Check with your local postal service.

Getting help to apply 

The Social Security Scotland Local Delivery service can help you to apply for Child Disability Payment.

Find out more about help to apply for Child Disability Payment

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