Report absence to take care of a child (VAB)

When you are taking part in a programme, it is important that you let us know if you are temporarily taking care of a sick child (VAB). If we do not know why you are absent, you risk receiving a warning or losing your benefit.

Who must notify absence to take care of a child (VAB)?

Tell us if you are taking part in a programme and cannot take part in your scheduled activities because you are at home to take care of a child who has fallen ill.

When must you report absence to take care of a child (VAB)?

Notify us on the very first day that you are at home to take care of a sick child. Otherwise you risk receiving a warning or losing your benefit.

If you are taking part in a course, work experience placement, Swedish for Immigrants (sfi), or some other activity, you also have to notify them of your absence.

How do I report absence to take care of a child (VAB)?

You report your absence on our website.

When you apply for benefit from Försäkringskassan you must fill in that you have been absent to take care of a sick child.

If you do not have a computer or electronic identification

If for some reason you cannot notify us of your absence on-line, you can call us on 0771-416 416.

What benefit do I receive when I take care of a sick child (VAB)?

You receive benefit for the days you take care of a sick child. You thus continue to receive payment in the form of activity support, development allowance or introduction benefit for these days.

If you are working alongside your programme

If you are working alongside your programme, other rules apply if you cannot work because you need to take care of your sick child. Read more on Försäkringskassan’s website.

Försäkringskassan

If you fall sick

When you are taking part in a programme, it is important that you report when you are sick. You need to notify us on the first day that you are sick.

Report absence when you are sick