Coram and Newcastle University announce research partnership to benefit children and young people

  • 3 March 2023

Coram and Newcastle University have today announced that they are coming together in a new partnership designed to generate collaborative research aiming at shaping a better future for children and young people.

The partnership between the UK’s first and longest serving charity and one of the world’s leading research universities was launched today at a Future of Youth joint event on the Coram campus in central London, where researchers from both institutions presented recent research and set out how they will collaborate to bring about positive policy change for children and young people.

Areas addressed by speakers from the two institutions included:

  • Cost of living crisis: how the cost of living crisis is impacting on families in both London and the North East
  • Childcare: ahead of the Budget, what are the long-term reforms needed to deliver high quality childcare for all in the early years?
  • Technology: Designing technology with and for children to enable learning, play and growth
  • Wellbeing: evolving how we work in schools to improve children’s life skills and emotional wellbeing

The keynote speaker was Al Aynsley Green, formerly the James Spence Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University and the first Children’s Commissioner for England.

Dr Carol Homden CBE, Coram Group CEO, said: “The partnership between Coram and Newcastle University has come about because we share a vision for how we can work together on making the lives of children and young people better. We will be working together to generate research that translates into impact, enabling policy change. All too often children are absent from the public discourse and that needs to change. I believe this partnership represents an opportunity to combine our strengths and expertise to challenge the narrative, influence policy and ultimately fulfil our shared aim of delivering positive change for children and young people.”

Professor Matthew Grenby, Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Newcastle University, said: “Children and young people today are facing a wide and worrying range of challenges, problems that seem to refuse to go away. By bringing together innovative research being done at Newcastle University’s Centre for Children and Youth and Coram’s long experience of offering practical help to vulnerable children and families, we can start to put in place some strong and sustainable solutions to these problems. Newcastle University’s researchers, working across a wide range of disciplines, are investigating what holds young people back and what kinds of interventions can be made to support their wellbeing. The partnership with Coram will, we hope, enable this research to fulfil its potential to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

About Coram

Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity, supporting children and young people since 1739. Originating as the Foundling Hospital, today we work as a group of specialist organisations – the Coram Group – helping hundreds of thousands children, young people, families and professionals every year.

We support children and young people from infancy to independence, creating change that lasts a lifetime through our range of activities. These include:

  • Free legal advice and representation for thousands of children and families every year
  • Adoption, fostering, kinship and therapy services
  • Life skills, drama and volunteer reading programmes for school children in 2,000 schools nationwide
  • Advocacy for children and young people in and leaving care
  • Best practice support for children’s services professionals, teachers and families
  • Research based on our experience to support front line professionals deliver better services for children and young people

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About Newcastle University

Newcastle University, UK, is a thriving international community of more than 28,000 students from over 130 countries worldwide.

As a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the UK, Newcastle has a world-class reputation for research excellence in the fields of medicine, science and engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

Its academics are sharply focused on responding to the major challenges facing society today. Research and teaching are world-leading in areas as diverse as health, culture, technology and the environment.

Newcastle is committed to providing students with excellent, research-led teaching delivered by dedicated and passionate teachers.

Newcastle University is ranked 122nd in the QS World Ranking 2023 and joint 139th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022.

Newcastle University is ranked first in the UK and eighth in the world for sustainable development in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022.