Sibling Time Report April 2024

This report describes an evaluation of Coram’s Sibling Time Activity Day service, piloted in Leicestershire in early August. The evaluation ran from 1 July to 30 December 2023.

Sibling Time was developed by the Coram Activity Days team. It offers local authorities a fun, supportive, therapeutic and safe environment for children who are looked after or adopted to have meaningful contact with their siblings. The service was designed for children that are separated from their siblings by care, including those in fostering, adoptive and kinship care arrangements.

Researchers held a Theory of Change session with two members of the Activity Days team to understand the context, activities, mechanisms for change and outcomes of this newly developed service.

By bringing siblings together in a safe, supportive environment, the Activity Days team hope the service can bring more siblings into contact that can be sustained, supporting children’s wellbeing and sense of identity. Ultimately, the vision for the service is to influence social care culture towards increased sibling contact.