UK 2018-05-18T15:38:46+00:00

In 2017, Coram International carried out an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children subject to immigration control, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing, as commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner. The main objectives of the review were to identify, appraise and synthesize published qualitative evidence on the subjective wellbeing of children subject to immigration control in England, and to draw out key findings and conclusions from the evidence, as well as identifying any important gaps. A report was produced as part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

In 2016, Professor Carolyn Hamilton consulted with Ecorys on a report exploring the experiences of vulnerable consumers in family law in the United Kingdom, providing expert advice and input into qualitative and quantitative research tool development, analysis and reporting. The research explored the related issues of access, cost and quality in the context of recent legal aid reforms to family law, from the perspective of legal firms and consumers.

Between 2014-2016, Coram International designed, develop and pilot training of professionals across 10 EU member states from justice, residential care and detention centre settings on child rights and child-friendly communication skills. Coram International co-ordinated a network of 11 in-country partners to develop a project that has resulted in the production of training modules and resources which can be replicated widely across the EU. During the two years, training modules were delivered by key experts to 920 professionals across the 10 countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom). The piloted, evaluated and refined training is now available through a web platform providing e-learning tools, certification and a guide for professionals on how to integrate the training into existing systems. Click here to access these resources.

Coram International conducted a pilot research project in partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation. The research explored how law, as well as knowledge and perceptions of law, can create barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services. The research was qualitative and highly participatory, involving interviews and focus group discussions with children and young people in four different jurisdictions around the world: England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Senegal and El Salvador. The findings from this research informed a report providing recommendations on how the legal system and awareness or knowledge of the legal framework can affect access to sexual and reproductive health services, as well as recommendations for how International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Member Associations can structure their programming to overcome these barriers.