If your child is under 16 and you live in England or Wales you can apply for DLA .

If you live in Scotland you can apply for Child Disability Payment.

DLA isn’t just for children who are physically disabled. It can be given for a wide range of medical conditions including behavioural and mental health conditions as well as learning disabilities and developmental delay. You might be able to claim even if you wouldn’t describe your child as ‘disabled’.

You can get DLA if at least one of the following applies to your child:

  • They need a lot more care, attention or supervision than a child of the same age who isn't disabled
  • Need someone with them whilst on dialysis
  • They have difficulty walking or getting around outdoors in unfamiliar places, compared to a child of the same age who isn't disabled

Your child must have been disabled or had the condition for at least 3 months, and you must expect it to last for 6 more. You don’t need a formal diagnosis from a doctor to apply, but this can usually help. 

DLA is made up of 2 components (parts), the ‘care component’ and the ‘mobility component’. To get DLA you must be eligible for at least one of the components.


Care component

Weekly rate

Level of help you need



Help for some of the day or with preparing cooked meals



Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help you while on dialysis



Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or a medical professional has said you might have 6 months or less to live


You can only apply for the mobility component from the age of 3 years.


Mobility component

Weekly rate

Level of help you need



Guidance or supervision outdoors



You have any other, more severe, walking difficulty


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Tips on completing the DLA form can be found here