Disadvantaged children in London have suffered horrendous living conditions, hunger, abuse and neglect during the Covid-19 crisis

Our CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN programme is helping the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in London to recover from this pandemic.

Please become a CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN by joining our community of donors. Together we can stop this pandemic from ruining a child’s life.


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We are funding 94 brilliant charities that are collectively supporting 100,000 children across London who desperately need our ongoing support if they are to recover.

The 94 projects run by these charities are providing loving care, hot meals, fun activities, recreation, mentoring and many more brilliant activities and opportunities that are helping children to recover from the lockdown and make the most of their education.


To  document the experiences of children living in poverty we worked with our friends at JSR Agency to  create four illustrations depicting the  experiences of disadvantaged children and young people.

The illustrations are based on our interviews with families and children. The four illustrations are;

A 9-year old’s story created by Harrison Edwards

Bugs created by Cathal Duane

Four sisters, one pregnant by R. Fresson

Scared, Hungry by Luke Waller

Please click on the illustrations to view:


Our Vision

The Childhood Trust is London's child poverty charity, founded with a simple vision: to support vulnerable children living in poverty in London.

Our work is focused on helping children living in poverty to overcome the many disadvantages caused by poverty. London children are much more likely to live in poor households than children in the rest of England - 37% versus 26% and are less likely to be able to afford everyday items than those elsewhere in the country. 55% of poor children in London are materially deprived compared to 44% in the rest of England. 60% of London children in low income families do not have a week's holiday away from home (londonspovertyprofile.org, 2017)  

Child poverty in London is about more than income, for many children poverty can mean uncertainty, stress, hunger, loneliness, boredom, poor health and a lack of opportunities. The most disadvantaged children fall at least two years behind their peers when they come to sit their GCSE's.

About Us
The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, funding grassroots projects that support children and young people impacted by poverty. We achieve this through our fundraising campaigns, corporate volunteering programmes and advocacy on the issue of child poverty.

By bringing companies, philanthropists and other donors together we ensure that resources are directed to exactly where they are needed. Without these projects, life for many thousands of children trapped in poverty would be dramatically worse.

We work across three thematic areas, meeting children's practical needs, emotional needs and inspiring children. Support from local grassroots projects across these themes promotes well being and resilience, strengthening vulnerable children's capacity to learn. Education provides one of the strongest routes out of poverty and our support provides disadvantaged children with stability and trusted companionship, helping to raise aspirations, creating hope and narrowing the gap in educational attainment and life chances.

93,733 Children and young people, living in every borough of London, were engaged by 115 projects funded by The Childhood Trust. (July 2018 to June 2019) 

Watch our short film that highlights the impact of our work;

Who we are


A photographic exhibition documenting the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.

In partnership with The Foundling Museum, Bedrooms of London presented a new body of work by photographer Katie Wilson highlighting the damaging consequences for children arising from the shortage of social housing in London. Focusing on the spaces in which children are sleeping, the photographs are shown alongside first-hand narratives from families collected and written by Isabella Walker, and offer a poignant insight into the lives and experiences of children living in poverty across London.

In a city where extreme poverty and wealth exist side-by-side, Bedrooms of London makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 700,000 children currently living below the poverty line in our capital, and challenges the prejudices and stereotypes associated with child poverty. 

The Childhood Trust was supported in producing this project by award-winning social change communications firm GOOD Agency. The exhibition is now available to view digitally at bedroomsoflondon.com 

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge who visited the exhibition on 19th March was moved to see the plight of children living in such appalling conditions.

(photo: Dan Weill 2019)

Read or download our report "The Context to London's Housing Crisis and its impact on children here: 


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(Video by Shelter.org.uk courtesy of Metro.co.uk)

Read or download our new report now that documents the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on disadvantaged and vulnerable children;


The projects we fund operate throughout London, helping to provide vital support to children living in poverty. In addition to practical and emotional support we also help to inspire children through participation in arts, extra-curricular education and sports activities. 

If you would like to support our work in alleviating child poverty in London please donate now;


































To learn more about child poverty in London please read, download and share our report here:

To learn more about child food poverty in London please read, download and share our report here: 

To find out more about the projects we support please click here:

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