A dependant child is a child that you are responsible for (they usually live with you all or most of the time and you get Child Benefit for them).
If your child is away from home temporarily, for example in hospital or on holiday, you should still include them
Do not include any child that receives a benefit in their own name, such as Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
You should also not include any child that the local authority is paying you an allowance to look after, for example, a fostering allowance as you do not qualify for child related benefits for these children.
If it is a private, informal fostering arrangement (no allowance is being paid to you) you could qualify for child related benefits if you can show that you have responsibility for the child and you are paying to support the child. If this is the case, include these children as your dependent children.
If your child is in care or you are not sure whether to include them you should find an adviser to speak to. (opens in a new window)