Coram-i events

Coram-i uses its specialist expertise and knowledge from working with over 20 local authorities to host regular events. These are practice-based, aimed at bringing together professionals to problem-solve and share learning, in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for vulnerable children.


(22 October 2015) 'The Challenge of Achieving Permanence for Children in Care' 

This seminar brought together researchers, in conjunction with representatives from the voluntary and public sector, to explore what permanence means to them and the aligned challenges in achieving this for vulnerable children. Speakers used their knowledge and experience to give perspectives on a wide range of issues, including Special Guardianship Orders, calculating the cost of permanence and local authority partnerships.

'The challenge of achieving permanence for children in care'

Please click here for a summary of the event.

Below are videos and PDFs of presentations from:

  • Dave Hill (Executive Director, Essex County Council) who presented on the challenge of permanence for children in local authority care.
  • Philip Segurola (Director of Specialist Children's Services Kent County Council) who discussed the potential impact of regionalisation on permanance for local authorites.
  • Judith Harwin (Director, Centre for Child and Youth Research, Brunel University) who presented the early findings from her national study on SGOs.
  • Annie Crombie (Chief Executive Officer of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA), who discussed the role of the voluntary sector in achieving permanence for children.   
  • John Simmonds (Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF and Researcher on SGOs) who explored lthe meaning of permanence.
  • Lisa Holmes (Director, Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University) who spoke about the costs associated with permanence.

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