Eligible children

Eligible children are your children. They must, at the date of your death: 

  • be your natural child  (who must be born within 12 months of your death), or
  • be your adopted child, or
  • be your step-child or a child accepted by you as being a member of your family (this doesn’t include a child you sponsor for charity) and be dependent on you.

Eligible children must meet the following conditions:

  • be under age 18, or
  • be aged 18 or over and under 23 and in full-time education or vocational training (although your administering authority can continue to treat the child as an eligible child notwithstanding a break in full-time education or vocational training), or
  • be unable to engage in gainful employment because of physical or mental impairment and either:
    • has not reached the age of 23, or
    • the impairment is, in the opinion of an independent registered medical practitioner, likely to be permanent and the child was dependent on you at the date of your death because of that mental or physical impairment.