Kinship Carers: Are You Eligible for the Scottish Child Payment?

The Scottish Child Payment was increased in November last year, the eligibility criteria for Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Foods and Best Start Grant were widened to include kinship carers who had a pre-existing relationship with a child they care for, even if they are not related to the child.

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Families, and carers can find out more and apply for the Scottish Child Payment at or by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222

Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It’s a weekly payment of £25 that you can get for every child you look after who’s under 16 years of age. You’ll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.

Scottish Child Payment

The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland provides free, confidential, impartial advice to kinship families and professionals working with them.

For more information go to or call 0808 800 0006, Mon-Fri 10am-2.30pm

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