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Child benefit in hospital

The day you are admitted is treated as a day out of hospital and the day you are discharged is treated as a day in hospital.

Child benefit is paid for the first 12 weeks if your child goes into hospital. After 12 weeks, you can continue to get child benefit only if you are regularly spending money on the child’s behalf (eg on clothing, pocket money, magazines).

If you continue to get child benefit, you will continue to get any child dependant’s addition that may still be payable with other benefits (such as carer's allowance), otherwise this will also end.

If you or your partner are in hospital, child benefit normally continues to be paid.

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