Our impact

Coram helps more than a million vulnerable children and young people every year. 

Since the charity was started more than 275 years ago, we've been helping children and young people develop their skills and emotional health, finding them permanent, loving homes and upholding their rights, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.

In the past year*:

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  • Coram Capital Adoption, Coram Adoption East Midlands and Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption placed 116 children for adoption, while 120 children found loving homes through Adoption Activity Days and the national Adoption Match service found families for 232 children.

  • Coram-i, which works with local authorities to improve services for looked after children, placed 100 children for adoption as part of work with Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire County Councils. Over £3 million was saved as a result of children spending less time in care.

  • A new Adoption Support Gateway was launched to provide adoptive families and special guardians with fast and easy access to adoption support.

  • Coram launched the HALO (Help, Advice and Legal Opportunity) programme to provide opportunities for 16-25 year olds to help their peers. As part of this, 50 young people helped at least 1,108 others directly and 10,932 indirectly.

  • Nine workshops workshops run by The Adoptables, a peer network for adopted young people, addressed challenges around being adopted. Similarly, young parents reached 239 pupils through Coram's Young Parenthood Programme - 95% of pupils said afterwards that they had a better understanding of what it would be like to have a baby.

  • Coram supported 270 parents in Thurrock with parenting programmes or one-to-one help while the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) continued to work with families involved in care proceedings.

  • More than 170 children received Creative Therapy (music or art therapy), with 100% of head teachers and teachers saying they were satisfied with Coram's service.

  • CoramBAAF, a membership organisation for professionals dedicated to securing the best outcomes for children separated from their birth parents, sold 34,000 books and delivered 93 commissioned training courses to 1,650 professionals as well as 38 workshops and conferences.

  • Coram Voice supported more than 3,000 children and young people through telephone and direct access services, 97% said Coram Voice helped them with their problem. The Voices 2017 writing competition received 50% more entrants compared to the previous year while Coram Voice's Bright Spots team published Our Lives, Our Care, the first insights from a survey of looked after children's wellbeing.

  • Coram Life Education delivered Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to 475,000 children in over 2,000 UK schools, with 97% of staff surveyed saying that CLE helps their school meet Ofsted requirements. CLE's new SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) online curriculum resources gained 8,000 school-based subscribers in the first six months. 

  • The Child Law Advice service provided legal information and guidance to at least 17,298 callers and 688,629 website users on child, family and education law.

  • The new LawStuff website launched by Coram Children's Legal Centre aimed at providing young people with free information about their legal rights was visited more than 20,000 times in its first three months.

  • Coram International at Coram Children’s Legal Centre worked in 39 counties around the globe and launched a new website showcasing its work protecting children’s rights through research and consultancy work around the world.

  • Work commenced on The Queen Elizabeth II Centre - a national centre of excellence for children which will open in 2018 as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Coram, our founder and key historic champion of children’s rights.

Download our Digest of Achievements 2016-17 here

*Coram Digest of Achievements 2016-17

Recognition for the difference we make

Coram’s pioneering work, our innovative approach and the quality of our service has been widely recognised.

Recent awards include:

  • Coram was awarded an Investors in People Gold Award.

  • Coram Capital Adoption and Coram East Midlands Adoption were awarded Ofsted Outstanding, with Coram Capital Adoption also being awarded Ofsted Outstanding for Fostering.

  • Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption won Excellence in Practice in the National Adoption Awards 2016.

  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre, together with partners DLA Piper and Allen and Overy, won a Law Works Award and a Legal Week Award for its Pro Bono Legal Service.

  • Jeanne Kaniuk, Managing Director of Adoption at Coram, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at National Adoption Week Awards.
  • Noel Arnold, Director of Legal Practice at Coram Children’s Legal Centre became inaugural winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in the children’s rights category.

  • First4Adoption’s First Steps e-learning course for potential adopters won Best Public Sector Project at the Big Chip Awards in Manchester. Download our Digest of Achievements 2016-17 here


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