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  • Data visualisation in Children’s Social Care

    Coram-i · Data analysis · Sharing Learning

    Data visualisation in Children’s Social Care

    9 Feb 2023

    The use of quantitative data in children’s social care is still in its infancy when compared with other sectors, and this immaturity means that developments in the various methodologies designed to act as an aid to human decision making, and indeed the understanding of whether our interventions work, is suboptimal.

  • Is life story work working?

    Adoption support · Creative Therapies · Evaluation · Events · Professional Development · Sharing Learning · Social Work · Young People

    Is life story work working?

    17 Oct 2022

    Sarah Taylor, Head of Coram’s Impact and Evaluation Team, reflects on a recent Coram conference on models of life story work and their outcomes Social workers, researchers, therapists and others gathered recently on Coram’s Bloomsbury campus to share new evidence and ideas on how life story work can and should…

  • Coram-i and Croydon Council

    Coram-i · Fostering · Permanence · Sharing Learning

    Coram-i and Croydon Council

    5 Jan 2021

    We are pleased to announce that the contract between Coram-i and Croydon Council has now come to a successful end. In 2018 the London borough of Croydon decided to end its dependence on external agencies for the provision of its foster carers. The LA, with a looked after population of…

  • Socially-distanced Adoption Activity Day


    Socially-distanced Adoption Activity Day

    13 Aug 2020

    After months of lockdown and a few postponed Adoption Activity Days (AADs), we were delighted to run our first socially-distanced AAD at the Coram Campus on 30 July. With delays affecting every stage of the adoption system, the important work of family finding must continue. For many children attending an…

  • The challenge of ‘permanence’

    Coram-i · Events · Permanence

    The challenge of ‘permanence’

    10 Jan 2020

    Over 100 young people and professionals came together at Coram’s event on how to achieve permanence for children and young people in care. The audience on 25 November 2019 heard ideas and experiences about the idea of ‘permanence’ – which is much more than just a placement. The audience…

  • London Schools – did you know?

    Coram-i · Data analysis

    London Schools – did you know?

    30 Oct 2019

    Our friends at SchoolDash have shared with us some interesting insights into London they have gleaned from the data they have collated for their SchoolDash product and we thought you might like to see it. Go to their website to see more! 1. London has the…

  • Why are so many Roma young people excluded from school?


    Why are so many Roma young people excluded from school?

    22 Aug 2019

    Earlier this year Coram published its report ‘Unfair results: pupil and parent views on school exclusion’ which contributed to the recent government review of school exclusions. We focused on hearing the views of parents whose child had been excluded and also children with and without personal experience of exclusion.

  • The child behind the profile – Activity Days for Fostering

    Activity Days · Coram-i · Fostering

    The child behind the profile – Activity Days for Fostering

    26 Jun 2019

    Adoption Activity Days, an opportunity for prospective adopters to meet children awaiting adoption, are now a well-established means of family finding. However, facilitating the same opportunity for children requiring permanency via fostering is still a relatively new concept. On the 31st March 2018, just over 53,000 children and young…

  • Missing looked after children


    Missing looked after children

    26 Mar 2019

    The latest data on children looked after in England (including adoption) was published in November 2018[1]. There are some continuing trends in the looked after children (LAC) data, including the continued fall in the number of LAC who are being adopted, which we have discussed in previous blog…

  • The Impact of the Adoption Register

    Adoption · Coram-i · Data analysis · Matching

    The Impact of the Adoption Register

    4 Mar 2019

    Analysis has shown that there is a national shortage of adopters with a 7% decline in the number of people approved as adopters, according to a 2018 data recently published by the Adoption Leadership Board. Despite a rise in the number of children taken into care, the sector is facing…