Joint report examines children’s welfare following Brexit

December 20, 2017 0 comments

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A newly published report from leading children’s organisations examines the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Entitled Making Brexit work for children, the report was jointly produced by six children’s welfare charities, including Barnardo’s and Coram, along with the University of Sheffield. It calls on the government to ensure that existing rights…

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120,000 undocumented children in the UK

July 3, 2017 1 comment

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There may be as many as 120,000 ‘undocumented’ children living in the UK, a legal charity has claimed in a new report. Approximately half were born in the UK. Such youngsters may have grown up here within migrant communities but find themselves unable to secure permanent residency. Sometimes they are even unaware of their legal…

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Study highlights myths about children in care

March 18, 2016 0 comments

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The majority of people do not understand why children are taken into care, a study has revealed. Research firm YouGov polled 2,105 representative adults across the country, in a survey to mark the first ever awareness-raising Big Adoption Day. The majority of respondents underestimated the significance of neglect and abuse in the lives of children…

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New advice site on children’s issues launched by charity

October 6, 2015 0 comments

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Children’s rights charity Coram has launched a new website offering advice on children’s law. Child Law Advice provides an online presence for the Child Law Service (CLAS), launched by Coram earlier this year. The service provides telephone support to vulnerable young people and their families. The new site offers a comprehensive menu of information on…

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‘British Association for Adoption and Fostering’ closes

August 4, 2015 2 comments

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The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has closed with immediate effect. Caroline Selkirk, chief executive of BAAF, said: “In the face of significant changes and prevailing economic conditions, it has sadly not been possible to sustain the organisation”. BAAF’s vital roles will be taken over by Coram, a larger children’s charity, and the…

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Coram welcomes adoption law changes

March 24, 2014 0 comments

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Children’s charity Coram has welcomed the changes to adoption law introduced by the Children and Families Act, which recently received royal assent. Under the Act, adopters will have the right to share parental leave with their partners just like biological parents from April 2015, and they will also be entitled to adoption leave and pay…

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Government pledges additional £16 million for adoption charities

August 12, 2013 0 comments

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The government has pledged £16 million in additional funding for adoption charities. The Department for Education will begin distributing the funds later this year, and continue until 2016, the BBC reports, in order to encourage innovation and allow the charities a greater involvement. The money is the latest stage in a continuing government drive to…

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