Interactive Investor

Transfer a Child Trust Fund to a Junior ISA

Benefit from our low, flat fees and wide range of investment options.

Junior ISA

Important information - investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. If you're in any doubt about the suitability of a stocks & shares ISA, you should seek independent financial advice. The tax treatment of this product depends on your individual circumstances and may change in future. If you are uncertain about the tax treatment of the product you should contact HMRC or seek independent tax advice.

How to transfer a Child Trust Fund to a Junior ISA

You can transfer your Child Trust Fund (CTF) to a Junior ISA online. 

You will need the details of your current provider and the account number.

1

Open your ii Junior ISA

If you already have an account with ii, you can add a Junior ISA for free. If you do not have an account with us, you will need to set one up first.

2

Start your online transfer

You can transfer during account opening, or log in to your account later. 

3

We will complete the transfer for you

We will work with your current provider to complete the transfer. Regular progress emails will keep you updated. 

When transferring, you can choose whether to transfer your existing stocks directly into your JISA. If you choose not to, they will be sold and transferred as cash.

Transferring your existing stocks may be financially beneficial if you are happy with them. It would allow you to save money on trading fees when your new JISA is set up. 

Please note we can only accept full transfers into a JISA.

What are the benefits of transferring a Child Trust Fund to a Junior ISA with ii?

  • Access a wider range of investment options

    Junior Stocks and Shares ISAs tend to have a much wider range of investment options than Child Trust Funds – which were discontinued in 2011. With an ii JISA, you can access over 40,000 investment options.

  • Low, flat fees

    Many Child Trust Funds charge percentage fees, meaning the costs grow over time. We charge a flat £9.99 monthly fee which covers your ISA, Trading Account and Junior ISA.

  • Junior ISAs are automatically converted into adult ISAs
    The investments in many Child Trust Funds are sold for cash when the child turns 18. Junior ISAs immediately convert into standard ISAs. This means your child can continue saving for themselves after turning 18. 
  • More control over your investments
    While some Child Trust Funds are not accessible online, our Junior ISA can be managed online at any time. 

Things to consider before transferring

  • The value of your investments could fall
    Your investments in a Stocks and Shares JISA could go down as well as up. Think carefully about the level of risk you are willing to take – particularly if your existing Child Trust Fund is cash-based.
  • Exit fees
    Check whether your current provider charges exit fees before you transfer. Even if they do, our low flat fees could mean you save money in the long run.
  • Once your transfer is completed, you cannot change back
    As Child Trust Funds have been discontinued, you are not able to transfer back to one. However, you can transfer your new Stocks and Shares JISA to a Cash JISA if you wish to.
  • Your Child Trust Fund must be fully transferred
    Partial transfers of Child Trust Funds are not possible.

Why transfer to interactive investor?

  • Add a JISA for free if you already have an account
    Our fixed fee includes multiple accounts, so you could open a JISA for no extra cost.
  • Get a free trade every month
    Use your free trade to buy or sell any investment.
  • Expert tips on choosing your investments
    Our ready-made funds and expert analysis can take the hassle out of finding ideas.
  • Ethical investing
    You can use our list of ethical investments to help look after the world your child will grow into.

Can I transfer a matured Child Trust Fund?

Once your Child Trust Fund matures, you can transfer it to an adult ISA. 

Transfers will not count towards the £20,000 annual allowance limit in a standard cash or stocks and shares ISA. However, if you are transferring your CTF to a Lifetime ISA, the value will count towards the £4,000 tax-free limit.

FAQs

The value of any investment can go down as well as up and your child might not get back what was originally invested. The tax treatment of a junior ISA depends on individual circumstances and tax rules may change. If you’re unsure about the suitability of a junior ISA or any investment please speak to a suitably qualified financial adviser.