When a child or young person has a special educational need or disability, the family may be eligible for certain benefits and financial support. We’ve listed some of the main options available.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:
- is under 16
- has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability
Full eligibility criteria can be found on the GOV UK website.
PIP is replacing DLA for people with a long-term health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.
Find details about PIP on the GOV UK website.
Direct Payments are payments that are paid to the parent or carer of a disabled child, or to a disabled young person up to 18 years of age. It enables them to either arrange and pay for their own support and services or to receive support from an independent sector provider.
Further information can also be found on the Cornwall Council website.
If you help care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits you might be eligible for Carer's Allowance.
To help with the additional costs of equipment, short breaks, technology, furniture etc, some charities provide grants to eligible families. To find out about grants available, try contacting a charity that specialises in your child’s condition, they may offer funding or know of charities that do.
Other places to try:
The following services might be able to offer assistance with completing forms: