Child carer’s allowance
If you have a child with a disability, you can receive child carer’s allowance. The allowance is based on the care and supervision that your child needs beyond what is standard for a child of the same age without a disability.
Am I eligible for child carer’s allowance?
You can receive child carer’s allowance if
- your child has a disability. A disability can be congenital or the result of an illness, injury, or the like.
- you give the child care and supervision as a result of the disability for at least six months.
- you are the child’s parent or can be equated with the child’s parent.
- you and your child are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Current processing time
We have longer processing times than normal for child carer’s allowance and additional cost allowance, we apologize for you having to wait for the decision and we are doing everything we can to shorten the waiting time. The average processing time is eight months.
You will not lose any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive money in arrears when we make a decision.
What is considered care and supervision?
Care can refer to direct care efforts you provide for your child, but also other assistance such as
- special training
- practical help in day-to-day life, such as getting dressed and undressed, hygiene, homework, clothing care and help with meals
- establishing routines and structure
- getting your child active and motivated
- special diet, moisturising or other self-care
Supervision is the presence of an adult that your child needs, for example, so that they do not run away, come up with dangerous things to do, or suffer or cause an accident. Supervision does not necessarily mean that you need to actively prevent situations that are hazardous for the child. It can also be, for example, that you are available in case something happens while the child is at school.
Two parents can receive child carer’s allowance
You and the child’s other parent can receive child carer’s allowance for the same child. In such case, you share the allowance. Försäkringskassan assesses the child’s total need for care and supervision, and you can choose how the allowance is divided between you. If you do not make a choice, you will receive half each. If you cannot reach an agreement, Försäkringskassan will make a division in units of one-fourth based on where the child lives and spends their time.
Under the Parental Leave Act, you have the right to shorten your working hours by up to 25 percent if you or the other parent is receiving child carer’s allowance for the child. This applies even after the child has reached the age of eight or completed their first year of school. Bear in mind that reducing your working hours could lead to lower income, which could affect your sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI).
How do I apply?
1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)
Apply for child carer’s allowance on My pages (Mina sidor). You use the same application to change how much of the allowance goes to you and how much of it goes to the other parent.
It is possible to apply jointly in the e-service. Once one of you has logged in and filled in the details about you, the other parent and child and signed the application, it will be visible in the other parent's My pages. There they will review and sign the application themselves. It must be done within 14 days, otherwise the entire application will be deleted and you will need to fill out a new one.
2. Send in a medical statement
After completing your application, send in a medical statement describing your child’s disability. If you are applying via our e-service you can submit the medical certificate and other attachments digitally through My Pages as soon as we receive your application. You can see your case on My Pages within 24 hours of applying and you then click add attachments to your application.
If you are not applying via the e-service, send the medical certificate and other attachments to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.
3. We will contact you
Once we have started processing your case, we will book an appointment with you where we jointly review your child’s needs for care and supervision related to the disability. The administrator will then assess whether the circumstances entitle you to child carer’s allowance and, if so, at what level.
If you indicated that you need an interpreter, the administrative officer will make sure one participates in the phone call.
4. You will receive a decision
Unfortunately, we currently have long processing times, an average of eight months. You will not miss out on any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive the money in arrears once we have made a decision on your case.
If you are granted child carer’s allowance, you will receive a decision about what amount you will receive per month. The decision can either have a specific time limit, or apply until June of the year that the child turns 19.
Child carer’s allowance is paid out on the 18th or 19th of every month.
Special disbursement dates
6. Notify us if anything changes
Call your case administrator if, for example,
- your child's disability changes
- your child's need for care and supervision changes
- the attendance allowance for the child increases or decreases
- support from your municipality or county increases or decreases
Report the change as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you learned about the change. Otherwise, you may be required to pay back the money.