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A Disabled Child Element can be included for each child / qualifying young person who meets the conditions for it, for whom the claimant is responsible and with whom the disabled child normally lives. 

It does not matter whether a Child Element is also included for that child / qualifying young person or not.

There are two different levels of Disabled Child Element depending on the severity of the child's disability (2021/2022 rates):

Disabled Child Element (low)

£128.89

Disabled Child Element (high)

£402.41


Disabled Child Element (low)

For a child or qualifying young person who is entitled to:

  • Any rate of either component of Disability Living Allowance (care or mobility) apart from the highest rate of the care component; or,
  • Any rate of either component of Personal Independence Payment apart from the highest rate (ie enhanced rate) of the daily living component.


Disabled Child Element (high)

For a child or qualifying young person who is entitled to:

  • The highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance, or 
  • The enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, or 
  • Who is certified as severely sight impaired or blind by a consultant opthalmologist.

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