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.

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

Barbara

Sharon
+ Dwynwen
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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

Dwynwen

+ Jessica
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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.

Jessica

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

Heidi

Penny
+ Karolina
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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.

Karolina

+ Suzanne
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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.

Suzanne

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

Katherine

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant

Actor

There is nothing that I would not do for my child. I would lose a limb if it protected her from pain, forsake anything and everything to help her when needs be. The prospect of not having parental love and support when you're starting out in life is unimaginably isolating and lonely and that's why Coram is so essential and life enhancing. Please pledge and support in any way you can.

+ Steve
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#parentalalienation is child abuse

Steve

+ Beth
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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

Beth

+ Joyce
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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

Joyce

Nivethika
Zoe
Gordon
+ Peter
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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

Peter

+ Alexandra
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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.

Alexandra

+ Peter
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I am against discrimination in all kinds.

Peter

sally
Debra
Holly
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.

+ Jim
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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....

Jim

Hannah
+ Roz
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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.

Roz

Chris
Stuart
Jurate
+ sian
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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.

sian

+ Sheila
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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

Sheila

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

Catherine

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

Pam

Kimberly
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

Ana
+ David
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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.

David

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

Tina

+ Kara
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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.

Kara

Krisztian
+ Joanne
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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.

Joanne

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

Donna

+ Hannah
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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.

Hannah

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

Garry

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

Hayley
Sarah
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+ Zsuzsanna
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Hi I love children and I find more free time next to my work, and the idea to be a helper just came to my mind as an intuition. Zsuzsanna

Zsuzsanna

Frederica
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Victoria
Danielle
Ann
Kirsty
Matthew
Manvir
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.

Prity
SHINE Fostering
Mara
James
+ Sabrina
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“Children should be seen and not heard” is a phrase I never liked, especially if they’re hurt or need help. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor (from Doctor Who) even says, “If a child is speaking, listen to it!”

Sabrina

Pamela
+ Alison
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I was lucky, born into a loving family with parents who encouraged every opportunity - the world was open. I'm supporting Coram to create a change because every child deserves a loving, secure family.

Alison

Catherine
Annu
+ susan
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we support for orphans like me.

susan

kath
Ingrid
Erin
+ PHILIP
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We support children who self-exclude from school and help them to recover following trauma. Every child deserves respect and protection, but particularly if they are vulnerable.

PHILIP

+ Debbie
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Personal upbringing and my children have special needs

Debbie

+ Marjorie
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Children are the future and investing in their emotional well-being is important for society

Marjorie

Jonathan
+ Elisabeth
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Head Teacher and co creator of Operation Encompass , police and education safeguarding partnership which supports children exposed to DA. Fighting for children's voices to be heard

Elisabeth

Liam
Penny
Sham
john
john
+ Andras
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A little support for children can, a chance of education can change their lives forever.

Andras

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