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Family Fund uses its own Child and Young Person’s Eligibility Criteria to assess a disabled or seriously ill child or young person’s additional support needs based on a social model of disability.

Children and young people with additional support needs arising from a disability or disabling condition or with a serious or life limiting illness meet this criteria where:

  • There is evidence that their additional needs impact on family’s choices and their opportunity to enjoy ordinary life; the degree of planning and support required to meet their needs are much greater than that usually required to meet the needs of children.


  • They require a high level of additional support in three or more of Family Fund’s seven areas of support below.


  • Their condition is long term or life limiting (by long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more).

Family Fund seven areas of support

Your child should require additional support in at least three of the seven areas below:

  • Personal care– we mean things like physical support required with feeding, washing, toileting or moving and transferring child.
  • Access to social activities – we mean things like engaging socially and taking part in activities.
  • Education – we mean the type of support that is given for learning and who gives it?
  • Communication – we mean listening, speaking and understanding.
  • Supervision and Vigilance – we mean supervision and measures in place to ensure a child’s safety.
  • Medical or therapeutic treatment or Condition management - we mean what treatment or therapy is given, who does this, how often and when?
  • Physical environment and Specialist resources - we mean things like physical adaptations and adjustments required with getting around and what specialist equipment or resources are used.

Children and young people do not need a diagnosis to meet Family Fund criteria, but their additional support needs must arise from a disability or disabling condition. 

You must also meet all of our general eligibility criteria.