Coram rewarded

Coram Family has won the Children and Youth Award for its pioneering child contact centre at this year's charity awards, sponsored by the Leadership Trust, to recognise excellence in charity management.

The centre, established in 1987, was the first of its kind. It provides professionally supervised contact for children in both public and private law cases and brings to-gether parents, brothers and sisters who are separated because of care proceedings or breakdowns in family relationships.

Chief executive Gillian Pugh said the centre had made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of children over the past 15 years. "One day in the High Court can cost up to pound;5,000. Coram can provide five years of careful measured work with a family for pound;3,000."

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