looked after children

  • Children looked after away from home by the local authority – impact on family benefits and tax credits


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains how benefit and tax credit entitlement changes if a child is no longer living with their parents because s/he is ‘looked after away from home’ (sometimes called ‘looked after and accommodated’) by the Local Authority.

  • Care leavers and benefits: giving good advice


    factsheet

    Produced in conjunction with the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum, this factsheet explains the special benefit rules affecting some young care leavers and young people in 'continuing care'.

  • Children and families project


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    This project focuses on two main issues: disabled children and their families; and situations where a child is living away from her/his birth family.

    The project aims to increase awareness and raise expertise in advising these client groups on getting their full entitlement of benefits and tax credits.

  • Kinship care, looked-after children and the benefits system


    training course

    This course looks at benefit issues where there is social work involvement with a child and their family. It covers kinship care and children looked after by the local authority away from home or away from birth parents eg, in a residential unit or with foster carers.

    It provides an opportunity to consider the implications of recent changes in kinship care assistance and look at the new Scottish Government guidance, Support for Kinship Care. Participants will also have a chance to look at what universal credit means for kinship carers and for local authorities.

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  • Disability living allowance for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit payable to help meet the additional costs which arise for families caring for a disabled child. It is under claimed and can be difficult to understand.

    This course looks in detail at the DLA rules as they apply to children under 16 and explains how to complete a DLA claim form to give the best chance of a successful outcome from the outset, reducing the stress of the claiming process.

    The course covers;

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  • CPAG in Scotland Children and families Project


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    This project focuses on two main issues: disabled children and their families; and situations where a child is living away from her/his birth family. This project aims to increase awareness and raise expertise in advising these client groups on getting their full entitlement of benefits and tax credits. This is through producing the Children's Handbook Scotland, and providing training, factsheets, an e-bulletin and ongoing second-tier support to advisers via our advice line.