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Dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights

Coram International works around the world and in the UK with governments, UN bodies, IGOs and NGOs to protect and promote children’s and young people’s human rights

Unlocking Children’s Rights

Coram International was co-funded by the EU’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Fund for a two-year project to develop training on child-friendly communication skills and child-rights informed practices for those working with children in justice, detention and residential care settings. These training materials are available for use, free of charge.

What we do

Technical assistance

Coram International combines the excellent specialist expertise of our practitioner experts with robust research to deliver technical work of the highest standard. Our consultative and collaborative approach ensures that our technical work is evidence-based and context-tailored.


Coram International specialises in the design and implementation of applied mixed methods research and evaluation, drawing on a range of quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods. We have a track record of producing high quality and accessible research publications for a broad range of policy, practitioner and academic audiences.


Coram International specialises in the rights of children and young people. Our expertise covers a high number of topics including child protection, justice and governance, gender equality, reproductive rights, counter-terrorism and extremism.


Child marriages are on the decline says UNICEF

UNICEF reports today that there has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide. They estimate that 25 million child marriages have been prevented in the last decade, with South Asian countries seeing the biggest decrease.

Kara Apland, Senior Researcher at Coram International said: “The reduction in child marriage is a welcome development, which suggests progress towards the improved protection and empowerment of young women and girls. As noted by UNICEF, significant work remains to be done on the issue, which still affects around 20% of girls worldwide.

“In addition to legislating to prevent child marriage, and campaigning to change attitudes, future efforts should focus on addressing underlying drivers of child marriage, such as through improving girls’ access to educational opportunities, supporting them to obtain economic independence, and targeting discriminatory gender norms.”

In 2014 and 2015, Coram International and Plan International undertook a research study in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, as part of the Asia Child Marriage Initiative (ACMI). The research gathers in-depth and detailed evidence on the root causes of child marriage practices, exploring social attitudes, values and norms and identifying the structural and environmental factors which influence them.

You can read the full report ‘Getting the Evidence: Asia Child Marriage Initiative’ here and a summary version is available here.

Call for research participants

Coram International is partnering on a study being undertaken at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, which investigates the experiences of gender diverse children and youth within schools and health services in the UK.

If you are a adolescent or young person (aged 14-24 years) who is gender variant, a parent/ carer of a gender variant child, or a health or education professional working with gender variant children and youth, we would like to hear from you.

Please click here for more information on the research.

Prof Carolyn Hamilton honoured as Dame

Coram is delighted that Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Director of Research and International Programmes at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, has been granted the award of Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for Services to Children’s Rights and Education in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. [read press release]

Overprotected and Underserved: The Influence of Law on Young People’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Nepal

Kat Watson, Elizabeth Yarrow, Kara Apland, Jorun Arndt and Maurice Dunaiski

Coram International recently completed a study on the influence of the law on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Nepal. This study is part of a larger multi-country project for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNFPA in South and South East Asia, with previous and on-going studies conducted in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Nepal study explores the laws and legal rules that impact and regulate young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and provides recommendations for legal and policy reform

Final Evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project

Kara Apland and Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton

Coram International has carried out an independent evaluation, commissioned by UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, to assess the second phase of UNICEF’s Justice for Every Child Project. The evaluation used qualitative and quantitative research methods to review and assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of Phase II of the Project. It makes strategic recommendations for future decision-making in the area of justice for children for both UNICEF and local stakeholders.

Formative Evaluation of UNICEF’s strategy and approach to child protection systems in Myanmar

Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Elizabeth Yarrow, and Kara Apland

For this study, Coram International developed and implemented a mixed methods research methodology in order to assess the merit and worth of the decision-making processes since the mid-term review, in relation to the development of a child protection system in Myanmar and particularly the use of social work case management as a key point of entry to protect human rights. The study included data collection in Rakhine State, which touched upon many of the issues relating to migration and children.

Unicef rated this study as one of the 15 best evaluation reports of 2016.