Child Trust Funds

Shares4Schools is supporting a campaign by TISA to help one million young people to find their Child Trust Fund.

Everyone born between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011 has a Child Trust Fund, potentially worth up to £1,000 or more. There were more than six million issued, but it is estimated that one million of these are ‘Addressee Gone Away’: in other words, families and children are not aware of, or linked to, their Child Trust Fund.

It takes a few minutes to request to HM Revenue & Customs about the location of a Child Trust Fund account.

You need to be the parent or legal guardian, or the child or young person whom the account belongs to (you will need to be 16 or over to use the service).

You will need a Government Gateway ID. It takes a few moments to create one, but you may already have one if you have ever used UK government online services (for example, the DVLA website or Tax Self Assessment).

To create a new Government Gateway ID you will need the following information:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Further details that demonstrate your identity: these can come from a UK Passport, a recent payslip or a P60 form.

If you’ve previously created a Government Gateway account but forgotten your credentials, follow the links on the page below to reset your password or get a reminder of your user ID.

Once signed in, you will be asked if you are the parent or guardian, or the child or young person. If the parent or guardian you will be asked for the name and date of birth of the Child Trust Fund account holder.

After submitting your request, you will normally receive a response within 15 days.

Submit your request

(link will open within the gov.uk website)