Junior ISAs

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Scottish Friendly My Select Junior ISAyesA range of assets including UK and global shares, bonds and cashyesMore Info >
  • Invest up to £4080 pa per child
  • Invest from only £10 a month, or a lump sum from just £50, or a mixture of both
  • Raise, lower, or stop and restart your payments any time you like
  • Available for children under 16, who didn't qualify for a Child Trust Fund
  • Available for Junior cash ISA holders
  • The value of investments and any income can fall, so the Junior ISA could return less than you invest
  • Returns on investment funds are not guaranteed
One Family Junior ISAyesApply online and set up a direct debit of £20 or more and receive a £30 Amazon voucher. T&C’s apply, see OneFamily website. The OneFamily Junior ISA helps you to invest for your child’s future. It could help towards going to uni, driving lessons or perhaps helping to pay for a flat of their own. yesMore Info >
  • Award winning: Winner of the Moneyfacts Award for Best Junior ISA Provider (Awarded to Family Investments in 2014. OneFamily was established following a merger between Family Investments and Engage Mutual)
  • You choose how much you want to pay in, and when. From £10 to £340 a month up to £4,080 in the 2015/2016 tax year.
  • Available for children under 18
  • Open your child’s Junior ISA online and set up a Direct Debit and as a thank you OneFamily will send you up to £30 in vouchers (terms and conditions apply – please see OneFamily website).
  • Annual management charge 1.5% deducted directly from the fund's income.
  • Because it invests in stocks and shares, the Junior ISA's value can fall as well as rise, so your child could get back less than has been paid in.
Junior Stocks and Shares ISAyesFREE Children's ISA Guide. Choose from over 2,500 unit trusts and OEICs from leading fund managers. Invest from £25 per month or lump sums of £100.yesMore Info >
  • Same tax benefits as an adult ISA - no capital gains tax, and no further tax to pay on income.
  • Anyone can contribute - useful for birthday and Christmas gifts.
  • Withdrawals possible from age 18.
  • Open with a lump sum from £100 to £4,080 or start a monthly direct debit from just £25 per month.
  • Free mobile app to deal shares, access prices, indices, news and research.
  • The value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. 
  •  If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.
  • Tax rules can change and the reliefs depend on your child's personal circumstances. 
Charles Stanley Stocks & Shares Junior ISAyesCharles Stanley Direct offers a Stocks and Shares Junior ISA with no initial charges or additional annual fees. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs.yesMore Info >
  • Save tax – shelter up to £4,080 per annum and pay no further on capital gains or on income from your investments.
  • Invest from £50 a month, or a lump sum from £500, or a mixture of both
  • Flexibility – choose from a wide range of investments to create a portfolio that suits you.
  • Transfer in Child Trust Funds or existing Junior ISAs
  • Automatic conversion to full ISA at age 18.
  • The value of investments and any income can fall, so the Junior ISA could return less than you invest
  • Returns on investment funds are not guaranteed

Opening a junior ISA

Junior ISAs can be opened by anyone who has parental responsibility for an eligible child. One ISA can be opened per child. Management of the ISA passes to the child when they turn 16. However, funds remain inaccessible until the child turns 18, after which they can either withdraw the funds, or have their account roll over into an adult ISA. 


Junior ISA rules

On the whole, junior ISAs are quite similar to regular adult ISAs in terms of rules and regulations. Some of these rules include:

  • The 2016-17 annual contribution limit for junior ISAs is £4,080 per tax year. This can either be put solely into a junior cash ISA or divided between a junior stocks and shares ISA and a junior cash ISA in whatever proportion you wish.
  • Funds in the account will be owned by the child it is opened for and will be locked in until the child reaches 18. 
  • Junior ISAs operate on a similar principle to regular cash ISAs; only one junior ISA can be held by each child at a time, and you can transfer a junior ISA from one provider to another. This is one of the key differences between an adult ISA and a junior ISA. You can also switch a junior ISA from a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA, and vice versa, something which is not permitted under the current rules for adult ISAs.
  • Unlike Child Trust Funds, junior ISAs don’t include any contribution from the Government.

Advantages of Junior ISAs

  • The money saved in a junior ISA stays tax-free once the child reaches the age of 18.
  • The money is locked away until the child turns 18 which could help prevent it being wasted on non-essentials.
  • Contributions are very flexible – you can save as much or as little as you want (up to the current annual allowance of £4,080), as regularly or infrequently as you want. 
  • Anyone can put money into a junior ISA on a child’s behalf – so friends and relatives can contribute if they wish to do so.
  • Junior ISAs will now accept transfers from Child Trust Funds but you'll need to check with the Junior ISA provider first

Limitations of junior ISAs

  • Once your child reaches 18, the money is theirs to spend or save as they wish – if you are concerned that they will waste it, it may be better to set up a savings account in your own name.
  • For 2016/17, the junior ISA limit is £4,080. If you want to save more for your child during the tax year, you may need to open further savings accounts to do so. Remember that only one junior ISA is allowed per child, per tax year.
  • A junior ISA may not always provide any additional advantages over a regular savings account as most children have an annual income that falls below the annual income tax threshold. They can therefore earn tax-free interest on money set aside for them in any savings plan.

 Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested.

Investments in Stocks & Shares ISAs do not contain the same degree of capital security as investments in deposits. Stocks and shares ISAs are designed as medium to long term investments of, for example, five years or more. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.