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.

The project aims to increase awareness and raise expertise in advising these client groups on getting their full entitlement of benefits and tax credits.

Download our disabled children and families project leaflet.

Children’s Handbook Scotland 2018/19

Children's handbook Scotland

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.


The 2018/19 edition has been fully updated with the latest on kinship care orders and assistance, continuing care, the ‘two-child limit’ and universal credit developments. It is available to order now.

View the online version of the Handbook


Benefits and tax credits topics relevant to those working with families with a disabled child:

For advisers and frontline workers helping children and young people living away from their families.

We have also produced information resources for particular situations:


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.

*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.

Report - financial support for kinship carers

Kinship carers – family or friends who take on the full-time care of a child when the child’s parents are unable to do so – have been the focus of significant policy and legislative attention since the concordat between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) committed to providing improved financial support for kinship carers of ‘looked-after’ children.

In May 2015 we produced the report Coping with complexity: financial support for kinship carers in Scotland, which takes stock of how the concordat commitment has impacted on Scottish kinship carers and the children for whom they care, and considers some of the challenges that lie ahead, including the introduction of universal credit.

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.

Further information

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

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

This project is funded by the Scottish Government.