For more than 275 years, we've been helping children and young people to 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*:
- The Coram group has directly worked with more than 100,000 children, families and professionals, and benefitted more than one million others through specialist information and advice.
- To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of our founder Thomas Coram, the Respected and Protected report was launched, identifying areas for change and how we will realise the charity’s vision that all children have the best possible chance in life.
- Coram’s help and advice lines supported 27,700 telephone callers.
- Coram’s independent adoption agencies were instrumental in 11% of adoptions in England.
- Coram delivered or supported the adoption and fostering services of 10 local authorities.
- Adoption Match secured adopter access to the National Adoption Register and increased direct matches for children waiting by 18%.
- Channel 4’s Finding Me A Family documentary portrayed Coram’s work in finding families for children who wait the longest and helped to achieve a remarkable 25% placement rate.
- Coram Centre for Early Permanence launched a new National Quality Mark.
- Coram group directly engaged 6,672 professionals in training.
- The Child Law Advice Service exceeded its expected usage targets, with 1.5 million information pages downloaded by its online visitors.
- Coram Children’s Legal Centre published Rights without Remedies which reviewed the consequences of changes to legal aid and made recommendations to ensure that no child is left without access to justice.
- LawStuff, the website that gives free legal information to children and young people received 49,174 visits.
- The Migrant Children’s Project assisted 44,000 web visitors, and 1,271 children in 440 cases
- 57 young people benefitted 60,000 others through the Help, Advice and Legal Opportunity (HALO) programme.
- Our Lives, Our Care examining subjective wellbeing was published by Coram Voice, the largest-ever survey of children and young people in care.
- Coram Voice launched Always Heard, the new national safety net that provided information and secured access to advocacy for nearly 10,000 children and young people in or leaving care.
- The Voices writing competition for young people received 203 entries, twice as many as last year.
- CoramBAAF provided specialist case advice to 1,800 professionals and trained a further 2,700.
- CoramBAAF supported 1,132 members, including 93% of local authorities, and sold 32,000 books and publications.
- Coram Life Education benefitted more than 453,000 children in over 2,100 UK schools, and launched a Relationships Education programme, at the House of Lords, based on it’s national survey of head teachers.
- The new Belonging Toolkit and The Adoptables resources were accessed by over 500 schools.
- Coram’s Young Parenthood peer education programme in secondary schools helped 493 pupils, doubling its previous reach.
- Coram-i provided improvement partnerships with four local authorities.
- Construction continued for The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a flagship centre of excellence for children, due to open in early 2019.
*Coram Digest of Achievements, 2017-2018
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:
- Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Director of Research and International Programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for her service to children’s rights in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
- Coram Capital Adoption was judged Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted.
- Lorraine Wallis of Coram Adoption East Midlands won Adoption Support Practitioner of the Year at the National Adoption Awards.
- Coram's post-adoption support partnership with Kent County Council won 'Excellence in Practice' at the National Adoption Awards.
- Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption was awarded Good by Ofsted.
- Coram’s work was cited six times in the Fostering Review, by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, calling for the Bright Spots approach to be implemented nationwide for looked after children.
- Coram International’s Final Evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project was cited by UNICEF as one of the best evaluations of the year.
- early 2019.
*Coram Digest of Achievements, 2017-2018