Only one person can claim Child Benefit for a child.
You normally qualify for Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in education or training) and you live in the UK.
16-19 year olds
You’ll get Child Benefit for 16-19 year olds if they’re in approved education or training. This includes GCSEs, A levels and NVQs (but not higher education, eg university) and government sponsored training programmes, eg apprenticeships.
Child Benefit continues for 20 weeks if 16 or 17 year olds leave education or training and register with the armed services or a government sponsored careers service.
Adoptions and fostering
You’ll get Child Benefit if you’re not receiving:
- payments towards accommodation
- basic maintenance from your local authority
You could get Child Benefit if you’re a national of an EEA country or Switzerland, and work in the UK (or get certain UK benefits, eg State Pension).
New arrivals to the UK
You could get Child Benefit if your main home is now in the UK and you have permission to enter the UK and stay here.