No child should be invisible

2018 marks the birth, 350 years ago, of Thomas Coram, England’s first campaigner for children.

This was a man who could not, and would not, stand by while abandoned children and babies perished on London’s filthy streets. For 17 years he fought doggedly to give them the protection and care they needed, lobbying society’s most powerful and influential members, until, finally, he was granted a royal charter to establish the first dedicated safe haven for them.

Today, Coram is proud to continue his vital work and to address the inequality and deprivation that continues to blight young lives. We fight for children’s rights. We find them permanent loving homes, we promote their voices, and we will not rest until every child is respected and protected.

Every child should be respected and protected.

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Thomas Coram

Thomas Coram

Charity Founder

I believe everyone ought in duty to do any good they can. In 1739, I founded Coram with a vision that every child should have the best possible chance in life.

+ natalia

Not only do children become the next generation, if they aren't heard, respected and given the best opportunities to thrive there will be costs down the line. Why not encourage them now?


+ Emily

I’m a community paediatrician and see that so much good work has gone on to help the vulnerable children of the country but lots more needs to happen too.


+ Juan José

I strongly believe children are our future and need to have a loving and caring family, with not worries for food nor safety so they can grow to their full potential and enjoy life.

Juan José

+ Helen

Inspired by your moving event last night with Cressida Dick. Also as a school governor understanding safeguarding and thinking how shocking it used to be for unmarried pregnant girls and babies.


+ nikki

I stand up for children and adults of all ages for support and care and love, who have been in care, adopted or fostered, this means a great deal to me Coram Fields - I have been there - NR


Toby Anstis

Toby Anstis

As someone who was adopted, i'm so aware of how important it is that every child has love and emotional support to grow and flourish and fulfil their dreams and ambitions. I'm proud to support Coram!

+ chris

I am a social worker. We need to do everything we can to mitigate the structural inequalities in this country


+ Sulaika-Ilwad

I grew up with family, education, enough food and safety. It absolutely breaks me that there are kids out there who don't have the same, "it is what it is" is wrong, we can change it together.


+ Stephen

People say there’s no such thing as perfection but that’s how I’ve always seen a newborn child. Children make mistakes as they grow up but they need care, support, stimulation, love & lots of fun.


+ Jennifer

Children should be loved, cared for and shown how to use their voice so adults listen and make changes for better. Our childhood experiences greatly impact our life chances. Every child matters.


+ Karen

I have an 8 year old with Down Syndrome. My daughter was attending a special needs academy primary school. I removed her due to alleged negligence. Technically excluded from school curriculum.


+ Pam

I am an IVV


Rosalind  Powell

Rosalind Powell

Journalist and author of How I Met My Son

Like many adoptive families ours is born out of loss, brought together by chance, built from love. Parenting my adopted son is one of my biggest rewards in life. Watching him grow is a source of huge pride. Adopting a child is scary, risky and challenging. It is also joyful, life-changing and enriching. It has given our son the life he deserves. It can give other children the lives they deserve, too.

+ Ally

I am a defender of the human rights of children. An Unfeartie !


+ Jennifer

Children have a right to protection, and to grow up in a family atmosphere of happiness, love & understanding. We stand taller as a society when we prevent violence against children; I pledge to help!


+ Ida Louisa

I feel it is necessary that every child is protected and respected.

Ida Louisa

+ Karen

Adoption is scary and amazing, it's hard but rewarding, it's looking at your children being children and knowing you've made a difference. Every child matters, every child should be given the chance.


+ Maxine

Myself and my husband are parents to two wonderful girls, who came to us through adoption. They make us so happy. All children deserve a loving home.


Lola  Jaye

Lola Jaye

Not every child is born into an ideal situation. Not every child is raised in a safe, secure and loving environment. Coram highlights that EVERY child matters, regardless of everything... and anything

+ Barbara

I have seen the very worst of child abuse having been a local authority childcare solicitor. It HAS to stop.


+ Dwynwen

Children's nurse and School Nurse learning from history, experience and research that nurturing children through love, value, respect is fundamental basis for growing happy and healthy society


+ Jessica

I am a school nurse, LAC Nurse and writer, working in Central London. I recognise that Thomas Coram was an enlightened pioneer, whose legacy and work is still vital today.


+ Heidi

Every child should have the right to go through life with every opportunity afforded to them, be it family, school or social care.


+ Karolina

In my family, I had to be a grown up and care both for myself and my sister, cause my mum preferred alcohol over being a responsible parent. You're doing a stellar work for children i used to be.


+ Suzanne

The days of children being seen and not heard should be long gone. Every child should be listened to and protected. Every child should be loved and cherished.


+ Katherine

The next generation should have a say in how their future is shaped. They need to be seen and heard.


Annie Lennox, OBE

Annie Lennox, OBE

Singer, Songwriter

It's harrowing to think that many children are born into the unimaginably difficult circumstances of poverty, abuse or abandonment in the UK, where there is an urgent and desperate need for intervention and support. Whether it be through developing skills and emotional health, finding adoptive parents or upholding children's rights, Coram reaches the lives of over a million children and young people every year by ‘creating a change that lasts a lifetime.’ An outstanding achievement that everyone should be aware of and fully endorse! Bravo Coram!!! Love Annie Lennox

+ Steve

#parentalalienation is child abuse


+ Beth

I run 'Whisper' Child, Adolescent and Family Service as part of St Mels Psychotherapy Practice. We are currently making a docu-series alo related to mental health issues for children and young people


+ Joyce

I am standing up for children because they deserve to be protected and respected and safe from harm. When I was young i was treated badly by my step dad and I think it is right to protect children


+ Peter

Children are the foundation of community. They all deserve the best possible start to life. Childhood is short, and should be without fear, hunger and isolation. Children need to be cherished & loved


+ Alexandra

I was fortunate to grow up in a loving and supportive home and from a young age offered every opportunity for development. Every child deserves the same chances I had and to be treated with respect.


+ Peter

I am against discrimination in all kinds.


Lisa Cherry

Lisa Cherry

Author and Speaker

Sharing voices, ensuring agency and offering connection at vital points in people's lives is the work of Coram and that is why I sign the pledge. Every child absolutely matters.

+ Jim

Adopted son was permanently excluded from his first primary school where he had been a pupil for four years. They were 'the experts' but threw him out when they had enough. Luckily we didn't....


+ Roz

I work with special needs children and I have seen many of them go through adoption and foster care, where so many of them are not listened to. In the future I would like to foster and adopt.


+ sian

Because, if you're a child - whoever you are, wherever you're from, whatever your circumstances - you have a right to be protected and respected.


+ Sheila

I’ve worked for many years as head of various virtual schools - working with teachers carers and social workers to promote and improve educational outcomes for children in care


+ Catherine

I worked for 30 years in social work. I saw first hand what can happen to children! Children need a voice !


+ Pam

My nephew Ian and my niece Rachel. They deserve a safe, clean, respected, world to grow up in.


+ David

I can leave no legacy worth more than the continuing belief that we owe everything we have to the wellbeing of all the world's children.


+ Tina

My father was a founding. He was looked after by Thomas Coram foundation


+ Kara

I have three girls. Children and women have a sad history of being oppressed. We all need to work together, so that race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation are not an issue. People are people.


+ Joanne

I strongly believe every child should be given opportunities to thrive & have a positive, happy childhood and am going through the process to become an approved foster carer by the end of the year.


+ Donna

I am a foster carer and advocate for the voice of the child


+ Hannah

I stand up for children because they are often not heard. Their voices are important, their thoughts inspiring, they are the leaders of our future. They need to be safe and feel they belong.


+ Garry

We have adopted 4 children, 3 with special needs, so we fully support Coram’s pledge.