4. Accounts for children in care

Some children looked after by local authorities have a Child Trust Fund (CTF) account set up on their behalf. The Official Solicitor acts as the registered contact for these accounts.

In Scotland these accounts are managed by the Accountant of Court.

How the account is managed

The Official Solicitor manages the CTF account for the child and will:

  • write to the child when they take control of the account
  • change the type of CTF account and provider if necessary and write to the child to explain why the change was made
  • send account statements to the child

They’ll manage the account until:

  • the child turns 18
  • the child turns 16 and decides to manage the account themselves
  • someone takes parental responsibility for the child, for example through adoption

Take over the management of an account

Contact the Official Solicitor if you’re taking parental responsibility for a child and want to manage their CTF account.

You’ll need to provide evidence of parental responsibility, eg an adoption certificate.

You’ll get a letter confirming that you can take over responsibility for the account. Show this to the CTF provider who can update the account to say you’re the registered contact.

Official Solicitor
Telephone: 020 3681 2753
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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Victory House
30-34 Kingsway
London
WC2B 6EX

When a child in care turns 16

The Official Solicitor will write to the child about 2 months before their 16th birthday, telling them how to become the registered contact for the account.

If they choose to take control of the account, they can:

  • start managing it when they turn 16
  • withdraw money when they turn 18