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;



Our Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live!

Click on the logo or title above to double your donation to one of 71 charities in London supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children. All donations will be DOUBLED while match funds last. Campaign ends midday Tuesday 10th December 2019.


 

METROPOLITAN POLICE CHRISTMAS APPEAL

                                                                                                                                                      

The Childhood Trust has partnered with The Met Police to help provide gifts to children in need in London aged from one-week to 18-years-old.  We have identified children who currently being cared for by foster parents, in residential care homes, in refuges, in hospitals, or are children from low-income families

Please support the campaign and give a gift by taking a tagged ribbon from the tree outside your local police station on your borough or at New Scotland Yard and following the instructions on the tag. 

You can make a donation here

Or visit the Met Christmas Appeal website to pledge a gift 

All gifts will be delivered to the children before Christmas Day.

 


The Childhood Trust and the London Child Poverty Alliance held the 2nd London Child Poverty Summit on Thursday 17th Ocotber 2019. Watch our short film of the summit highlights here:

The summit featured:

  • 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

Watch the film presented at the summit; 

 


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:

Our Projects

 

 

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Our Christmas Challenge 2019 raises a record £2,248,735 for 71 charities!
Our Christmas Challenge 2019 raises a record £2,248,735 for 71 charities!

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