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As your child gets older, you might find that there are a number
of emotional and practical things for you to think about. We have
advice across our site to help you as your child moves into
Personal Independence Payment
(PIP) is a new benefit replacing Disability Living Allowance
(DLA) for adults aged 16-64. DLA will continue as a separate
benefit for children aged under 16 years.
Children turning 16 who currently claim DLA will be asked to
claim PIP after their 16 birthday. Initially this only applied to
young people who lived in certain postcode areas. It now applies to
all children turning 16 no matter where in England, Wales, Scotland
or Northern Ireland.
Find out more about Personal Independence
When your child turns 16, you may have to choose whether you
keep claiming benefits for them as a dependent, or your child
claims benefits in their own right.
In some situations, the benefits you receive for your child as a
dependent will stop.
Find out more about benefits at 16.
Disabled children receiving social care support from children and young
people's services will be transitioned to adult care and
support when they turn 18.
In England, the Care Act was introduced in April 2015 to ensure
that there is no gap in services when a young person makes this
Find out more about moving into adult
A young person with special educational needs (SEN) may need
particular support as they plan for the next stage of their
education or for moving into adulthood. The SEN system places
particular focus on helping young people above 16 prepare for their
Find out more about support in education beyond