Coram has responded to today’s announcement of the closure of Children England, the collective body for children’s charities. Coram is a member of Children England and the organisation has been based at Coram’s main campus since 2017.
Children England is the independent voice of the children and families voluntary sector, and has been championing children and those who work with them for over 80 years. Today it announces it will close later this year due to the financial challenges of sustaining the charity in the current climate.
Dr Carol Homden, CEO of Coram, said:
“We are saddened to hear the news of the closure of Children England of which Coram is a proud longstanding member and whose team have been based at our head office site since 2017.
“For over 80 years, Children England has played a key part in ensuring that all kinds of organisations – big and small – working to improve children’s lives, have a shared and joint voice.
“Children England has been a passionate and vocal campaigner for children through continued austerity and cuts. At this time, with London and the North East united by having the worst levels of child poverty in England, and a need for national and regional responses for the future, this work has never been more important.
“We know that Children England’s legacy will live on, including through its Young Leaders’ inspiring proposals for a ‘ChildFair State’. Coram will do all it can to support this work and continue the mission to enable all children and young people to thrive.”