Children and families project
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.
We have produced the following factsheets for advisers on benefits and tax credits topics relevant to those working with families with a disabled child.
- Benefits for disabled children and their families – a checklist (June 2016)
- Disabled young people (January 2017)
- Welfare reform and carers (January 2017)
We have also produced the following factsheets for advisers helping children and young people living away from their families.
- Care leavers and benefits: giving good advice (produced in conjunction with Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) (July 2016)
- Kinship care and benefits – the essentials (March 2014)
- Children looked after away from home by the local authority – impact on family benefits and tax credits (February 2016)
We have also produced a variety of information resources for particular situations, a selection of which is included below.
- Benefit choices when a disabled young person lives at home and is still in education (April 2016)
- Completing DLA statements for children and young people – suggestions for education staff (April 2016)
Children’s Handbook Scotland 2016/17
This project produces the Children's Handbook Scotland, which gives comprehensive guidance on benefits and tax credits issues where a child is living away from their parents. This might be if the child is at residential school, in residential care, being looked after by the local authority, or in foster care or kinship care. These situations throw up complex benefit and tax credit issues which this Handbook will help demystify.
The Handbook is fully referenced to legislation and caselaw and includes practical examples. It is aimed at advisers and frontline staff such as social workers. It is available to pre-order now.
We have developed training courses aimed at frontline advisers, social work staff and support staff working with children and families. These courses can also be booked on an in-house basis.
- Benefits for disabled children and their families (Basic level)*
- Benefits for disabled children from age 16 (Basic level)*
- Kinship care, looked after children and the benefits system
- Care leavers and the benefit system
*Our two basic level courses are at the special price of £45 per person for organisations in Scotland. We also provide these courses in-house for £250 in total for up to 20 people at your workplace or a venue which suits you.
Advice line for advisers in Scotland
We offer advice and information to advisers in Scotland on all aspects of the benefits and tax credits systems through our advice line.
If you are interested in this project and wish to be kept up-to-date with progress, please contact:
Alison Gillies (Children's Handbook Scotland)
Tel: 0141 548 1056
This project is funded by the Scottish Government.