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. 

We work across three thematic areas, meeting children's Practical, Emotional and Inspirational needs. Support from local grassroots organisations 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, companionship and trust, helping to raise aspirations, creating hope and narrowing the gap in educational attainment and life chances.

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)

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;

Thursday, 17 October 2019  

09:00 – 17:00 Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ

The Childhood Trust and the London Child Poverty Alliance invite you to attend the 2nd London Child Poverty Summit.

Please join us for an impactful one-day summit, bringing together those who work with and care about London's disadvantaged children and young people.

The summit being held during London's Challenge Poverty week will feature:

  • Keynote speeches by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE and Debbie Weekes-Bernard, the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement.
  • Presentations and thought leadership from leading London child poverty experts
  • Panel discussions and debate with local government representatives, think tanks, charity leaders, project workers and young people affected by poverty in London
  • Networking opportunities
  • Lunch and Refreshments
  • Tickets only £10 but limited so book now!

Book now or find out more here 


SUMMER 2019: Child activists demand government support for kids living in poverty this summer

To support our Summer Give campaign we have been working with a group of children from Peckham to create the Children's Summer Holiday Manifesto. Read, download or share the manifesto here: 

Watch and share the Summer Holiday Manifesto film that the children have made about their experiences during the summer holidays: 

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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The Children's Summer Holiday Manfesto
The Children's Summer Holiday Manfesto

Over two thirds of children in poverty in the capital will go hungry during the school summer holidays unless charities...

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Children's bedroom photographs expose reality of UK poverty
Children's bedroom photographs expose reality of UK poverty

Click the image below to read this feature in The Guardian about our new Bedrooms of London Exhibition in partnership...

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Our Christmas Challenge 2018 raises £1,919,674 for 75 Charities!
Our Christmas Challenge 2018 raises £1,919,674 for 75 Charities! The Childhood Trust's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 raised £1,919,674 for 75 brilliant projects working to support disadvantaged children in London.

Our annual matched...

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