Claim for parents or guardians
A parent or guardian of a young person who is required to self-isolate may be eligible for a ‘main’ payment if they meet the following criteria (even if they are exempt from self-isolation):
- they are the parent or guardian of a young person in the same household who is self-isolating and need to take time off work to care for them;
- they are unable to work from home and will lose income;
- the young person is:
- aged 15 or under and has been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they have tested positive for COVID-19; or
- aged 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan and been told to stay at home and self- isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they have tested positive for COVID-19; or
- aged 25 and under, is not exempt from self-isolation from 16 August, has an EHC Plan and has been notified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app); or
- self-isolating because there was an outbreak at their education or childcare setting, and they have been sent home by their local public health team.
- the young person normally attends an education or care setting; and
- the parent or guardian are employed or self-employed.
- the parent or guardian cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result.
- they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment.
Please note that the above details do not apply where the child or young person has tested positive, if they have, you should make a claim in your own right because as a contact of someone who has tested positive you should have been told to self-isolate.