Children and Families Project | CPAG

Children living away from their birth families

Do you
  • Work with kinship carers, foster carers or care experienced young people?
  • Provide support to families where a child is looked after by the local authority?
  • Need to know about the effect on family benefits if a child is in residential care or hospital?

CPAG in Scotland has a dedicated project offering support to anyone working with families and children in these circumstances. We run training courses, publish a specialist handbook and offer advice on the impact on social security benefits, tax credits and local authority support in Scotland.  


Disabled Children and Families

Do you
  • Work with families affected by disabilities?
  • Support disabled children, disabled adults, their families and carers?
  • Deal with questions about income maximisation and benefit entitlement?

CPAG in Scotland’s Disabled children and families project supports all those who work with children, adults and families who are affected by disability. We run training courses, provide information and offer advice on the social security benefits and tax credits that can be claimed by disabled children, disabled adults, their families and carers.


Children's Handbook Scotland

02 September 2019
Print and free online publication on how benefits are affected if a child is living away from their parents in Scotland.

Care-experienced young people and the benefits system (Scotland) 19 January 2021 ONLINE

Many young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority are subject to special social security rules. Some are excluded from income-related benefits and instead the local authority...

Payments for children in Scotland (Scotland) 26 January 2021 ONLINE

A range of new support has been introduced for children in Scotland alongside the UK system over the past two years. The new Scottish child payment will be available to...
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Children's handbook Scotland

The Children's Handbook Scotland is the comprehensive guide to benefits and tax credits where children are living away from their parents,...

If you are interested in this project and wish to be kept up-to-date with progress, please contact:

Alison Gillies (Children living away from their birth families)
Tel: 0141 548 1056

Ed Pybus (Disabled Children and Families Project)
Tel: 0141 552 3545

This project is funded by the Scottish Government.