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Your Guide To Child Benefit

Designed to help families living in Ireland, Child Benefit(previously known as Children's Allowance), is a monthly payment made by the Government to the parents or guardians of children aged 16 years and under. If your child is in full-time education, training or has a disability and cannot support themselves financially, you are entitled to claim Child Benefit up until your child turns 18.

Paid on the 1st Tuesday of every month, eligible families will receive €140 for each child each month up until and including the month your child turns 18.

Take a look at how much you can receive depending on the number of children you care for below: 

Family size Monthly rate, €
One child 140
Two children 280
Three children 420
Four children 560
Five children 700
Six children 840
Seven children 980
Eight children 1,120

 

Multiple births:

For twins, Child Benefit is paid at one and a half times the normal monthly rate for each child, €210 per month per child.

For triplets and other multiple births, Child Benefit is paid at double the normal monthly rate, €280 for each child. 

How do I apply?

Within 3 months of your baby being born in Ireland, you must first register the birth with your local HSE registrar. Find your local office here. By doing so you will receive your baby’s birth certificate, but also begin the process of registering your baby for the Child Benefit scheme. 

If you are not yet claiming Child Benefit for any child, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will then send you a partially completed claim form with your baby’s details. 

Check that these details are accurate, sign the form, include the bank account details you wish the payment to be lodged to.

Return this form to:
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Services Office
St Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
F92 T449 

Already claiming Child Benefit and need to add another child?

If you are already claiming Child Benefit for another child, your new baby is added to your existing Child Benefit claim and payment begins automatically from the month after the birth. You will be sent a letter confirming payment.

You must complete the application for Child Benefit within 12 months of:

  • The birth of your baby or
  • The month the child became a member of your family or
  • The month your family came to live in Ireland or
  • The date you started working in Ireland if your child(ren) are living in another EU country 

But don’t worry. If your child is not born in Ireland, or their birth is not registered within the required time (3 months), you can find information on how to still apply for Child Benefit in Ireland here

Children aged 16 and 17

If you want to keep your Child Benefit for a disabled child or a child in full-time education or training between 16 and18 years of age, you will need to fill in a CB2 form one month before your child's 16th birthday (click here to download a PDF of the CB2 form)

Return this form to:

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Services Office
St Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
F92 T449  

Who qualifies for Child Benefit in Ireland?

  • Parents or guardians of children aged 16 years and under.
  • Parents or guardians of children between 16 and 18 years if the child is in full time education, training or can not support themselves financially due to disability.
  • You must be a ‘habitual resident’ of Ireland to qualify. To learn more about habitual residency and if you comply, click here.
  • EU citizens and Swiss nationals working in Ireland satisfy the habitual residence condition.
  • Non-EU citizens legally working in the State may qualify for Child Benefit if their child is also a resident here. 

Fraudulent claims

It’s important to remember that this scheme is set up to help genuine families residing in Ireland. Penalties for false or misleading statements made to obtain Child Benefit for you or for any other person, may result in large fines or prison for up to three years.

For more information

Visit, welfare.ie to learn more about Child Benefit in Ireland.

To speak to someone about Child Benefit in Ireland, call the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on: 

(074) 916 4400, Locall: 1890 400 400


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