Our impact

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

Since the charity was started 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.

Read about the work of Coram's evaluation services

In the past year*:

Vulnerable children smiling

  • Coram Capital Adoption, Coram East Midlands Adoption and Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption placed 134 children for adoption, while 87 babies were placed for early permanence through Coram's Concurrent Planning scheme. A further 150 children were placed with adoptive families through Coram-i's work with Buckinghamshire, Kent and Northamptonshire councils.

  • Coram supported more than 300 parents by offering early help to families struggling to care for their children and helping them to avoid reaching crisis point. 99% of those surveyed who took part in parenting programmes recorded improvements in at least one area of their parenting.

  • More than 170 children received Creative Therapy (music or art therapy), with 100% of parents reporting a decrease in their child’s behavioural and emotional difficulties.

  • At least 95% of young people who participated in workshops run by The Adoptables, a peer network for adopted young people which aims to improve policy and practice, said their team work, listening and communication skills had improved.

  • CoramBAAF, a membership organisation for professionals which became part of the Coram Group in 2015, provided 130 specialist workshops and training for practitioners to help improve outcomes for children in care.

  • One in four children attending an Adoption Activity Day were successfully matched with an adoptive family that year.

  • Coram Voice supported more than 4,000 children and young people, an increase of 11%. 99% of those supported said they were more motivated and felt safer after working with one of our advocates.

  • Coram Life Education celebrated 25 years of helping more than five million children to make positive choices, In the past year, CLE delivered Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to 675,000 children in UK primary and secondary schools, with 100% of senior staff surveyed satisfied with CLE sessions.

  • The Child Law Advice Service provided legal information and guidance to at least 197,000 users in areas of family, education, immigration and community care law. 

  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s  Child Law Advice Service provided legal information and guidance to at least 14,700 telephone enquirers on the areas of family, education, immigration and community care law and there were 144,400 downloads of information from its new dedicated website, outperforming targets by 5%.

  • Guidance for social workers on the lawful assessment of young migrants and refugees published by Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s Migrant Children’s Project last year was downloaded more than 20,000 times.

  • Coram International at Coram Children’s Legal Centre worked in 27 counties around the globe and produced 20 reports over the last year to ensure that children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

  • Coram announced plans for work to begin to create The Queen Elizabeth II Centre as a national centre of excellence for children on the Coram Campus. The new Centre is expected to open in autumn 2018.

Download our Digest of Achievements 2016-17 here

*Coram Digest of Achievements 2015-16

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.

  • 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

*Coram Impact Summary 2015

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