Coram is a forward-looking and responsive children’s charity that draws upon its distinguished history and reputation for understanding what works when it comes to creating better chances for children.

First founded by Thomas Coram in 1739, we now help more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year. Our vision is to give every child the best possible chance to live a fulfilling life by building their confidence, helping them to develop skills, upholding their rights and finding loving adoptive families for the most vulnerable.

What we do

Every day Coram offers direct, practical help and emotional support to vulnerable children, young people, and their families.

We do this by finding adoptive families for children in need of loving, permanent homes; helping parents by offering support through their children’s early years or when they become overwhelmed by their own problems and struggle to provide the stability their children need.

We extend our support through our Coram Group Charities to help children and young people access their legal rights and schoolchildren avoid harm by making safe and healthy choices.

Our Values

With over 350 staff, a distinctive headquarters near King’s Cross and project teams across the UK, Coram’s values infuse all that we do to help the most vulnerable children, young people and families in our society.

Coram’s commitment to Equality and Diversity

Coram is committed to promoting diversity and providing equality of opportunity to its staff, volunteers and services users. Valuing the backgrounds, experiences and strengths of its workforce and clients is integral to the organisation delivering high-quality services.

Coram recognises that having a workforce with a rich mix of backgrounds, knowledge, abilities and skills enhances its ability to deliver high quality services to the broadest range of children, young people and families.

Coram aims to build and maintain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities it works within by accessing, recruiting and developing people from the widest talent pool possible.

Living our values
We believe that our organisation will be assessed by what each of us as individuals do and achieve. The how we do things is particularly important as it demonstrates what we believe in and how that belief supports and shapes the work we do with vulnerable children, young people, families, colleagues and partners.

Our values guide our decisions and behaviour:

  • We are committed to delivering better chances for children.
  • We deliver those chances with respect.
  • We want our organisation to be recognised as professional and dynamic – whilst reflecting our impressive heritage.
  • We are credible.