Claiming DLA without an assessment or diagnosis?

Hi guys,

Is it possible to claim DLA for my son without him actually being assessed or diagnosed?

We have been fighting with his school for the past 3 years and nothing is being done, they approached me when he was in year 6 of primary with concerns of EBD or ADHD, and asked if they could get him assessed, forward 3 years (he is now in year 8 of comp) and after several attempts of meetings with the school the initial assessment still hasnt been done.

I currently have an older child on PIP so know how long and draining the process can be. Im sure that I have read somewhere that you can make a claim but cant seem to find it anywhere.

Many Thanks.


  • ContactContact Community Manager

    Hi @busymum

    We’re sorry to hear things are so difficult at the moment – but we’re really pleased you feel able to ask us for support and comfort.

    It sounds like your son may have slipped through the cracks when swapping from primary school to high school. Lots of other community members may have similar experiences – so they may be able to offer their suggestions.

    You may also find it helpful to look at the following page for support groups:

    NICE has some excellent guidelines on how to get assessed and other helpful information at this link:

    We hope this helps a little and you find the support you need here.

    Take care

  • ContactContact Community Manager
    edited January 2018

    Hi @busymum

    You can claim DLA without a diagnosis. Contact has a parent guide on Claiming DLA for your child which you would find helpful to read. In here, it states the following:

    "Any ill or disabled child may qualify and you don’t have to wait for a
    diagnosis to make a claim. However, to make a successful claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you have to show that your child needs substantially more care, attention or supervision than other children of the same age who don’t have a disability or health condition"

    You can read or download a copy of the guide from our website at

    If you would like some further information, don't forget you can also call our national freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555.

    Good luck with the application if you decide to go ahead with this.


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