Coram makes the headlines during lockdown

  • 1 June 2020

Our CEO Dr Carol Homden has spoken out regularly about the impact of Covid-19 on the children’s sector, our adoption team has contributed to stories about how assessments have continued during the lockdown, and we have been vocal in our support of Foster Care Fortnight.

Below is a round-up of recent media coverage across the Group.

30 March – The Financial Times: An extended interview with our CEO Dr Carol Homden on how she has led Coram through a period of sustained growth since taking on the CEO role in 2007.

18 May – Guardian Society: Coram social worker Allyce Green described how lockdown is impacting on adoption practice in a piece for the regular feature My Working Week.

19 May – BBC Radio London: Our CEO Dr Carol Homden gave an extended interview on BBC Radio London as part of Foster Care Fortnight, setting out the importance of stability, family and love to children in care, and how Coram is keeping working during the pandemic.

22 May – LBC: Our CEO Dr Carol Homden spoke to James O’Brien on his LBC show about how the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges facing children and young people and how Coram continues to help.

22 May – i News: A mention of the #UnitedByBooks social media campaign, which was coined in the early days of this crisis to signpost children’s book activities online, by “three of the UK’s foremost reading charities”, which includes Coram Beanstalk, as well as the Book Trust and Scottish Book Trust.

24 May – Metro: A blog written by foster carer, Safia, who fosters through Coram’s partnership with Croydon Council. Safia shared her moving personal account of fostering three young people who arrived in the UK unaccompanied, as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

28 May – Children and Young People Now: In an opinion piece our CEO Dr Carol Homden argued that the children’s services sector needs to respond to three main challenges to mitigate the impact of Covid-19: “catching up” to address the inevitable rise in referrals, championing a new focus on social wellbeing and demanding an increase in resources so that “best practice is the only practice”.

28 May – Nursery world: Report on Coram Life Education’s new free online toolkit for primary school teachers, which supports pupils’ mental health as they adjust to a new school environment post-lockdown.

For more information on our work during the coronavirus crisis and how you can support us, please visit our Crisis Appeal page here.