Our impact

Coram makes a demonstrable difference to the lives of more than one million vulnerable children, young people and families every year

For nearly 300 years since our establishment as The Foundling Hospital, we've been helping children and young people to develop their skills and emotional health, finding them permanent, loving homes, upholding their rights and creating change that lasts a lifetime.

In the past year*:

  • The Coram Group has provided direct support to more than 118,000 children, young people, parents and carers, supported over 375,000 children and young people through our education and early years programmes, and continued direct and virtual delivery in every area throughout the pandemic.
  • We created the first timeline of care on our Coram Story website, from Coram’s formation as the Foundling Hospital in 1739 to the present day, as part of the National Heritage Lottery Fund supported programme enabling young people to engage with the past, learn skills in the present and inform the future of care.
  • Our Call for Change marked the 30th anniversary of the UK as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the 40th anniversary of CoramBAAF which represents the UK’s community of practice in adoption and fostering reaching 65,000 subscribing professionals
  • We launched Coram Innovation Incubator, a pioneering approach to find solutions to the challenges faced by children’s services with nine founding local authorities and partnerships with Microsoft, EY and PA Consulting.

Insight and innovation

  • Coram-i helped to inform the sector’s understanding of adoption and special guardianship nationally by gathering data from all adoption agencies in England on behalf of the Department of Education. This involved analysing data on more than 5,000 children and 5,000 adopters to get a clear picture of the state of the nation to ensure it works as effectively as possible for children.
  • Two randomised controlled trials – one on Family Group Conferencing across 20 local authorities and the other on life story work - funded by the What Works for Children’s Social Care, were launched by our Centre for Impact
  • 50,000 professionals were reached through CoramBAAF’s advice, information, training and resources; every local authority in England and Wales accessed our services, as well as all five of the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland
  • Coram International worked in 29 countries in the last year, delivering 28 projects in East and West Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and in the South-East Asia and Pacific region

Rights and voice

  • 7,602 children and young people were supported by Coram Voice across England, a 22% increase on 2019-20 (6,227)
  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC)  joined with Liberty and Inclusion London in April to intervene in a landmark case defending children’s data protection rights in the Supreme Court.
  • 965 children, young people, parents and carers were supported though CCLC’s immigration legal advice line, outreach legal sessions and legal workshops, helping them to understand their situation, their rights and the way forward
  • Coram Voice’s surveys of the views of care experienced children and young people have captured 13,500 responses
  • 14,478 is the approximate number of beneficiaries helped by 229 young people in HALO roles across the Coram Group

Adoption and family support

  • 800 families were reached through tailored support online during the first lockdown restrictions between May and December 2020
  • 54 children were placed with Coram adopters, higher than anticipated given the challenges of lockdown and delays in child care planning as a result of court delays
  • 154 children attended creative therapy sessions, 70 of them through the Camden Schools programme. Thirty-six children accessed music therapy through Harmony, a new virtual music group for children who have been through court proceedings.
  • 13,934 families were supported by Parent Champions, providing a vital link between families isolated in lockdown and support services

Education and wellbeing

Heritage and engagement 

  • Over 9,000 people digitally engaged with the #realstoriesofcare campaign in the first two months after launch, with over 300 people signing up to be a volunteer
  • 7,434 hours were given by volunteers in 2020 to help transcribe our archive to make it available to the public
  • 100% of our Story of Care Ambassadors say that taking part in Voices Through Time during the pandemic has made them feel supported, connected and empowered



Read our Digest 20/21 now

*Coram Digest, 2020/21



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