Children & Young People
Poverty is an issue which particularly affects children in London. While the child poverty rate has decreased over the past 5 years, it is still similar to the rate in 2015, and remains higher than the overall poverty rate. 37% of London’s children live below the poverty line, which is higher than any other age group.
Nearly 5 in 6 homeless households in temporary accommodation
contain children, which highlights the impact that the high cost of housing in
the capital is having on young Londoners. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year
olds is 9%, compared to 4% for 25-64 year olds.
More positively, 60% of London’s children achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, compared to 53% in the rest of England. The attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is also far smaller in London than in the rest of England.
We have funded a number of initiatives focussed on children and young people to address some of the particular challenges they face in London and to help ensure that they are able to meet their potential.
One example is the Moving On Up Initiative, which aims to
improve the employment rate of young black men in London. Another is a secondment
we have funded for a member of Coram Children’s Legal Centre to the Greater London
Authority’s social integration team. This secondee will work on the Citizenship
and Integration Initiative, specifically looking at Young Londoners. We are also
members of the London Child Poverty Alliance, which launched a manifesto before
the 2018 local elections explaining what Councils and Councillors can do to
combat child poverty.
We have funded a number of reports about young people’s issues, including work on child trafficking, social integration and the impact of sanctions on young single parents. Some of these reports can be found below and the full range can be found here.
To explore more data about children and young people in London, visit London’s Poverty Profile.
Children & Young People: News
Citizenship & Integration Initiative research - London’s children and young people who are not British citizens
Get involved in London Challenge Poverty Week 2019
Successful outcomes from Citizenship and Integration Initiative
Citizenship and Integration Initiative: call for applications
Children & Young People: Data
19-year-olds without Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications
Attainment gap for disadvantaged students
Childhood obesity by London borough
Child poverty and type of housing
Children in poverty before and after housing costs
Destinations of school leavers
GCSE attainment in English and Maths by London borough
GCSE attainment in English and Maths, by population sub-groups
Infant mortality by London borough
Key Stage 5 qualifications and disadvantage
Material deprivation of children
People sleeping rough
Poverty and life stages
Poverty for London's adults, children and pensioners, by family work status
Temporary accommodation types
The age distribution of the population
Unemployment rates by age group
From our Twitter
Our next funding deadline is 1pm, 2 June We recommend taking a look at our info page on #COVID19 before making an application. This also includes details on the London Community Response fund, co-ordinated by @LondonFunders , for #CrisisResponse grants: https://bit.ly/3fR8Jkr pic.twitter.com/a1HTR6ECrN14 May 2020
The next deadline for applications to our seven funding programmes is in just over a weeks’ time - Tues 2 June, 1pm We’d recommend taking a look at our info page for future grant applicants during the #COVID19 crisis before applying: https://bit.ly/3fR8Jkr pic.twitter.com/pMgUjuNWmq25 May 2020
Younger people & older workers are in the 'eye of the storm' when it comes to experiencing income shocks during the #COVID19 lockdown, according to a report from @resfoundation & @HealthFdn https://bit.ly/2ZqKu6S24 May 2020
“...the child protection system fails to understand or recognise poverty, confuses societal neglect with parental neglect & conflates indicators of neglect with indicators of poverty” Our grantee @ATDFourthWorld in @MetroUK https://bit.ly/2LQ1gnM23 May 2020
Moving On Up is our initiative w/ @CityBridgeTrust in partnership w/ @BTEG_MoU , aiming to increase the employment rates for young black men in #London Great to see ambassadors of the programme coming on board & looking forward to sharing more on the initiative's next stage soon https://twitter.com/indrap_IMDP/status/1263806814996647937 …22 May 2020