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1.1.M.155 Multiple care (CP)


For the purposes of CP, multiple care is where a carer is personally providing constant care to a disabled adult AND one or 2 children aged under 16 years, each with a disability or medical condition. The care load of the disabled adult and child or children will be equivalent to the care load of one child with severe disability or severe medical condition. The carer will have been given a qualifying rating of intense under the DCLA.

Note: For multiple care a limit of 2 children may contribute to the assessment under the DCLA.

Multiple care can continue until the child (or if 2 children, the eldest child) reaches the later of the following:

  • the child turns 16 years and 3 months of age, OR
  • where all CP (child) to CP (adult) transfer documentation is submitted on or before the day the child turns 16 years, until the ADAT assessment is completed.

Act reference: SSAct section 197D Qualification-disabled adult and one or more children each with a disability or medical condition, section 197G Qualification-short term or episodic care of children, section 197K Remaining qualified after child turns 16

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for CP, Qualification for CP (child) - multiple care, CP (child) to CP (adult) transfer process

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