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The London Child Poverty Summit

Every year as part of London Challenge Poverty week, The Childhood Trust together with the London Child Poverty Alliance hosts the London Child Poverty Summit.  A one-day event featuring presentations, panels, and debate from a wide range of experts on child poverty, including government representatives, educators, youth workers, and young people impacted by poverty.

The London Child Poverty Summit puts children and their needs at the heart of the debate. An opportunity to share and discuss experiences of child poverty, as well as expertise and solutions, alongside project workers, third sector leaders, and other stakeholders.

The annual summit provides a forum for constructive dialogue around the causes, consequences, and solutions for children living in poverty in London.

Our 2022 London Child Poverty Summit featured:

  • Keynote speech by the author of Cut Short: Youth Violence, Loss and Hope in the City, youth worker, and education consultant; Ciaran Thapar along with:
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with London representatives from the main political parties
  • Expert panels on migrant and refugee children’s experience of poverty, poverty, education & exclusion, and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on mental health.
  • Debate between national, regional, and local government representatives, think tanks, charity leaders, academics project workers, and young people affected by poverty in London.
  • Networking opportunities for organisations who are working on behalf of children experiencing poverty



Event Photos

School Social Exclusion Panel

Files & Reports

2022 Post Summit Report
2021 Post Summit Report
Summit 2023 Programme

LCPS Programme 2023

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