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  • Coram online NVR group for parents who have adopted – responding to COVID-19

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    Coram online NVR group for parents who have adopted – responding to COVID-19

    15 Mar 2021

    From July to September 2020 Coram Creative Therapies ran three groups for parents who have adopted, adapting NVR for an online delivery. One group of parents were based in London, the other in two in the North West of England. The project was supported by the Adoption Support Fund (ASF).

  • Youth violence – we have the evidence, but do we have the will?

    Coram-i · crime · Parents & Carers · Young People

    Youth violence – we have the evidence, but do we have the will?

    10 Mar 2021

    While we at Coram fully endorse the analysis and recommendations made by the Children’s Commissioner in her report Still not Safe: The public health response to youth violence I do not believe it goes far enough. Our daily work with children and young people provides ample evidence of the…

  • 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

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    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?

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    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

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    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…

  • Adoption data and Collective Matching

    Adoption · Coram-i · Data analysis · Matching · Regional adoption agencies

    Adoption data and Collective Matching

    12 Feb 2019

    Last week the ASGLB published data on adoption covering the period 1 April to 30 September 2018 [1]. It is the first time in several years that the ASGLB has published the latest available data before the next round of data collection is completed, and is the closest…

  • Data Visualisation in Social Care

    Coram-i · Data analysis

    Data Visualisation in Social Care

    21 Dec 2018

    On Monday 10th December over 100 social care practitioners, academics and data experts gathered at Coram’s new Queen Elizabeth II Centre to share promising innovations and ideas about using data visualisation to improve the support for children who need help from local authority children’s services. Coram and its partners,…

  • Adoption in England – can we predict the state of the system?

    Adoption · Coram-i · Data analysis · Matching · Regional adoption agencies

    Adoption in England – can we predict the state of the system?

    3 Dec 2018

    Adoption data for the financial year 2017/18 is now available and while some aspects look more positive, following revisions to previously published data, there are still causes for concern. In addition to my analysis of this data, this month I am going to make a prediction about…

  • Adoption in England – a system under pressure?

    Adoption · Coram-i · Data analysis · Matching

    Adoption in England – a system under pressure?

    15 Oct 2018

    The latest national data on adoption in England has just been published[1].  A hard look at this data reveals that underneath some positive headlines there is clear evidence that more children are coming into the system now than leaving and there are now not enough adopters available to…

  • Introducing our new blog series

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    Introducing our new blog series

    24 Sep 2018

    Coram-i is pleased to announce it is launching a new monthly blog series featuring opinion, insight and analysis from experts across Coram’s heads of departments, partners and associates.   These blogs are an opportunity to share more detail about Coram’s different work strands, the issues that influence these areas, the…

  • Understanding why I was taken into care…

    Coram-i · Fostering · Sharing Learning · Young People

    Understanding why I was taken into care…

    30 Jan 2018

    Coram-i has undertaken an innovative area of work supporting a local authority to complete Historical Letters for looked after children in permanent foster placements, similar to Later Life Letters in Adoption. Historical Letters in Fostering give older children access to the reasons why they were taken into care and factual…

  • Adoption Activity Days in early 2018

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    Adoption Activity Days in early 2018

    22 Dec 2017

    Adoption Activity Days allow prospective adopters to meet a range of children waiting to be adopted in a safe, supportive and fun environment. You can see them in action by watching ‘Finding me a Family’ on the 4oD website. We already have three dates in the diary for 2018, so…

  • Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering Innovation Project

    Coram-i · Fostering · Sharing Learning

    Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering Innovation Project

    28 Nov 2017

    In November 2017, Coram-i held a seminar as part of its project on Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering, which is funded by the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. The event brought together the four pilot sites involved in the project (Manchester City Council, Northamptonshire County…

  • Adoption Activity Days

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    Adoption Activity Days

    18 Oct 2017

    “We just knew that he was the child for us, older than we ever had imagined but his personality so shone through on the day.” Autumn is upon us and Coram’s Adoption Activity Days (AAD) team have been busy planning for the next run of these family finding events, which…

  • Coram awarded innovation funding!

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    Coram awarded innovation funding!

    2 Feb 2017

    Coram has been awarded funding from Department for Education’s Social Care Innovation Programme to work with four local authorities to help them make better use of data to improve the stability of long-term foster placements. Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, Director of Operations at Coram said: “We are delighted to receive this…

  • Coram-i website is now live

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    Coram-i website is now live

    14 Sep 2016

    The website will be home to our resources so that you will be able to access them all in one place. The content has been organised into categories to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Some content will be available to everyone and some…

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