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Who We Are

The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, dedicated to alleviating the impact of poverty on children and young people living in the capital. We bring companies, philanthropists, and other donors together to fund projects and services that support thousands of children and young people in London each year. To learn why poverty is so damaging for children and why alleviating the impact of poverty is the focus of our mission please read our London Child Poverty Report here.

Our Vision & Mission

We believe that every child should have a healthy, happy and safe childhood so that all children are well prepared for life, breaking the cycle of poverty.

We alleviate the impact of poverty for children in London by funding and delivering programmes that meet children's practical and emotional needs. We work with children to raise public awareness of their experiences of living in poverty.

Our Values

Courageous - We fight for every child’s right to live their life free of the impact of poverty.

Caring - We recognise that every child has the right to feel loved, be safe and have their voice heard.

Aspirational - We believe that every child should be ready and able to make the most of their educational and life opportunities.

Collaborative - We are committed to a culture of trust, integrity and partnership.

Inclusive – We uphold diversity and equality in all our work.

Our Theory of Change


Delivering child poverty intitiatives:

  • Matched fundraising campaigns
  • Volunteering & direct delivery
  • Building the capacity of the sector to support children

Changing the landscape for Children

  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Events & Campaigns
  • A nutritious diet
  • Regular exercise / play
  • Emotional resilience
  • Reduced stress / anxiety
  • A suitable home environment
  • Positive relationshsips
  • Work / career readiness
  • Improved effectiveness, reputation & impact of The Childhood Trust & our charity partner network
  • Improved children's health & wellbeing
  • Improved socio-economic prospects for children



  • Successful donor relationships & fundraising
  • Engagement with stakeholders including our charity partners
  • Support from skilled and motivated volunteers
  • Sound governance and strategy
  • Well supported & developed staff at The Childhood Trust
  • Good alignment with our charity partners
  • Government policy environment
  • Access to & engagement with the media


Safeguarding Policy

Recent News

The Childhood Trust Announces Leadership Transition

After over 7 years at the helm of The Childhood Trust, Laurence Guinness, our long-standing Chief...

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A BIG thank you to Bank of England

We’re excited to announce that we have been selected as one of three charities to partner...