Family Fund uses its own Child and Young Person’s Eligibility Criteria to assess if your child is eligible for a grant. This criteria is based on the social model of disability. 



As the criteria is based on the social model of disability, children and young people do not need a formal diagnosis to apply, however their additional support need must arise from a disability or disabling condition.  

If your child requires additional support due to their disability, disabling condition or they have a serious or life limiting illness, they may meet our criteria if:

  • There is evidence that their condition mean that their family is not able to enjoy ordinary life. This may be because the degree of planning and support needed to support their child is much greater than that usually required to meet the needs of children.

and

  • Their condition is long term or life limiting. When we refer to long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more.

and

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

 

If your child requires a high degree of planning and support to meet their needs, has a long term or life limiting condition and meets three or more of the following seven areas of support, they are likely to be eligible for a Family Fund grant.

 

‘Seven areas of support’


  1. Personal care: Your child needs a high level of physical support with feeding, washing, toileting or moving and transferring.

 

  1. Access to social activities: Your child needs a high level of support engaging socially and taking part in activities.

 

  1. Education: Your child needs a high level of support with their education and learning. You will need to let us know who gives this assistance and in what ways.

 

  1. Communication: Your child needs a high level of support listening, speaking and understanding.

 

  1. Supervision and Vigilance: Your child needs a high level of supervision and measures in place to ensure their safety.

 

  1. Medical or therapeutic treatment or condition management: Your child needs support in the form of treatment or therapy. You will need to let us know what therapy is given, who does this, how often and when.

 

  1. Physical environment and specialist resources: Your child needs physical adaptations and adjustments to help them. You will need to let us know what specialist equipment or resources are used.


If you feel your child meets all of the necessary criteria, you can apply now. Please ensure that your family meet all of our household eligibility criteria which can be found on our who do we help? page.


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