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1.1.F.260 Functional age (CA (child), CP (child))


For the purposes of CA (child) (1.1.C.90) and CP (child) (1.1.C.361) the functional age of a child aged under 16 years is the age of a child in terms of the level of functional development the child has reached. A child's functional age may be ahead, behind or equivalent to their chronological age (1.1.C.160).

The child's chronological age is compared with their functional age to determine whether the child has a care load need associated with their functional ability.

Act reference: SSAct section 38E Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.D.130 Developmental milestones - DCLA (CP (child), CA (child)), 3.6.12 Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) (DCLA)

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