Coronavirus/COVID-19: Key information and advice from the Coram Group
Coram is a group of charities who all work to improve lives of children and young people. Please see below for a round-up of the status of the services during the current outbreak.
Coram's Child Law Advice Service - information for families
We provide free legal advice and information on child, education and family issues and are currently experiencing a high volume of calls. Please read the Service's COVID-19 FAQs for more information.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have needed to change our working practices, so will not be offering call backs or will be able to call out.
We will continue to be offering our email and phone advice services but we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries, we would encourage you to email us if at all possible. Visit our dedicated website for more information.
Coram Creative Therapies
Our music and art therapies are continuing during this time remotely. You can find out more over on our Creative Therapies page. We also have a blog with tips for talking to children in times of uncertainty.
Coram Voice - advice for care experienced children and young people
We want to reassure you that our services for care experienced children and young people will continue to run, despite the Coronavirus outbreak.
We know this is a very worrying time for everyone. Please continue to contact us in the usual ways. You can contact Always Heard, our advocacy helpline, free on 0808 800 5792. The line is open as usual from Monday to Friday 9.30am–6pm and Saturday 10am–4pm. Visit our dedicated page on our website for more information.
Coram Ambitious for Adoption - information for adopters and prospective adopters
We are following Public Health England guidance and making new arrangements to ensure that anyone wishing to make an enquiry about adoption receives all the information they need.
Our dedicated adoption support helpline 0207 520 0383 is operating as usual Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm.
We are aware that many families may experience additional challenges due to the change of routine, and encourage all adopters to get in touch with us for support and advice, either by phone or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coram Adoption Workshops, Training, Coffee Mornings and Stay and Play events due to take place in March and April 2020 have been postponed.
However, we will soon be able to bring Adoption Information Meetings to you as a webinar. For more information, please visit our website here
Coram Beanstalk - information for reading volunteers and schools
For information for reading volunteers and schools partners, following the Government's plans to close all educational settings from Friday 20th March, please click here.
We have also come together with other reading charities to share resources and tips for reading with children using the hashtag #UnitedByBooks over on our Twitter.
We will be in touch on a regular basis with any changes, but in the meantime, Coram Beanstalk will update through the volunteer portal and our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CoramBAAF - information for adoption and fostering professionals
For details of how CoramBAAF is adapting its working practices, how the coronavirus is affecting our training practices and what you need to do if you're booked on upcoming events or courses click here.
We are also offering advice to the family placement sector on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. There are specific sections on fostering, adoption, family and friends, legal and health, as well as links to other organisations and resources for supporting children. Find out more here.
Coram Family and Childcare - information for working parents
As part of our work to ensure every child has access to high quality childcare, we are closely monitoring the impact that the Coronavirus outbreak is having on families across the UK.
We want to ensure the Government steps in now to make sure that parents aren’t left out of pocket if they can’t work. Keep up to date with the latest information, including advice on the impact of the closure of schools and nurseries here.
Coram Life Education – information for teachers, parents and children
We have a range of free, practical tools and guidance to help keep children safe - physically and emotionally - at this time of uncertainty.
Free for all teachers: we're sharing evidence-informed resources and guidance about how we can support children's emotional health when they are feeling anxious or confused. For teachers still working in schools, there are tips on how to talk to children about coronavirus.
For our SCARF subscribing schools: SCARF's online resources support primary schools in promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. During this time of partial school closure, there’s free training and briefings from our team of experienced educators. This includes briefings on implementing the new DfE RSHE statutory requirements and tailored sessions to ensure SCARF fits your needs. There are also some free lesson plans for those not yet subscribed to SCARF. Find out more on CLE's website.
For children: Harold, our happy, healthy giraffe, is sharing his daily diary to help give children a bright start to each day.
There are ideas for activities, pictures and other resources to help children to think about the different things they need to keep healthy - physically and emotionally. Visit our website to find out more.
For parents: we have tips on how to look after yourself, and there’s information here on how to answer children's questions and support their emotional health during this challenging time.
Coram International – information for consultancy partners and supporters
As a child rights legal and research consultancy, our mission is to promote and protect the rights of children worldwide. We do this through international projects and consultancies on a range of child rights issues.
Despite travel and other restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak, we are doing all we can to continue our work.
We are now conducting our technical work, meetings and even our research and data collection remotely where possible, while following government travel advice.
Visit our website for more information on our work.
Coram-i - information for agencies
Coram-i continues to work with agencies and the DfE to help them navigate through this crisis, in particular in relation to adoption, fostering and special guardianship, where children are particularly vulnerable during these times. All our staff are able to work remotely and provide high quality support to our partners. Please do contact us if you need help to establish effective ways of working during these challenging times. For the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board we have set up a dedicated page that we will keep up to date with latest news.