Children’s Handbook Scotland 2016/17

Publication date: 2016 Edition: 9th edition Format: Paperback, 178 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group
ISBN: 978-1-910715-13-0

For CPAG members and CAB customers, the book is available for £17. Please contact us on 020 7812 5227 or email:

The Children’s Handbook Scotland provides a complete guide to benefits and tax credits where children are living away from their parents, including children in kinship or foster care, children looked after by the local authority, and children at residential school, in residential care or in hospital. This edition is fully updated with the latest on kinship care orders and assistance, continuing care and universal credit developments. 

It covers:

  • benefit and tax credit entitlement when children are living away from home
  • how payments made by local authorities to carers affect benefits and tax credits
  • local authority responsibilities to care leavers
  • how to challenge decisions.

Fully referenced to legislation and caselaw, and with easy-to-use check lists and examples, it remains an essential guide for anyone working with families and children in Scotland.

'An indispensable resource for social workers, support staff and advisers to help vulnerable families maximise their income.’ RIGHTS ADVICE SCOTLAND

'This is an area of social security law which can cause much confusion…the clarity of the information and clear structure of the chapters means this book will prove to be a valuable resource for advisers’ THE ADVISER (CITIZENS ADVICE)

I hope that workers and volunteers will use this Handbook often to help promote the fundamental rights of children to a decent life.’ SCOTLAND’S COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Product tags