Find a Child Trust Fund
In partnership with and The Share Foundation
Shares4Schools is supporting a campaign to help two million young people to find their Child Trust Fund.
Everyone born between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011 and resident in the UK in that period has an individual Child Trust Fund, potentially worth up to £1,000 or more; there were more than six million issued. All accounts are being administered safely by account providers, but it is estimated that two million of these are ‘Addressee Gone Away’ or have unregistered contacts: in other words, families and children are not aware of, or linked to, their Child Trust Fund.
Find out where your Child Trust Fund account is held
For 16/17-year-olds – Simplified CTF search
If you are the young person and you’re aged 16 or 17, it takes a few minutes to complete The Share Foundation’s simplified search request. Using a printed ‘Subject Access Request’ form, this will result in HM Revenue & Customs sending you directly the location (account provider details) of your Child Trust Fund account.
For parents/guardians – Government Gateway
If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child or young person under the age of 16, you will need a Government Gateway ID. It takes a short while to create, 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.
(link will open within the gov.uk website)
What to do when you have found where your Child Trust Fund is held
When you have successfully discovered the identity of your account provider, you will need to get in touch with them directly to have your contact details brought up to date. Use the link below to find the customer service telephone numbers of the main account providers – if your provider is not shown, please search on the internet to find them.
About Shares4Schools, The Share Centre and The Share Foundation
Shares4Schools is the real money investment competition for Year 12 students, run by leading stockbroker The Share Centre.
The Share Centre offers a number of investment accounts including the Junior Investment Account: invest for your child’s future with no investment limits and a choice of account types to ensure tax-efficiency.
The Share Foundation is a registered charity (charity reference 1108068) which runs the Child Trust Fund and Junior ISA schemes for young people in care on behalf of the Department for Education, and which has also established a major recovery programme for the Child Trust Fund scheme as a whole (https://www.sharefound.org/ and https://www.ctfambassadors.org.uk/).
Are you one of the fortunate 9- to 17-year-olds?
Download our leaflet below.
Support the campaign
Feel free to use the download link below to print and distribute the poster, designed for us by Archie Murray of Colyton Grammar School.
Download poster – 1m CTFs to be claimed (file will download in PDF)