The move involves them becoming part of the same group while retaining their legal identities. Coram will be the parent charity and CLC will become Coram Children’s Legal Centre.
The new centre will continue to provide CLC’s current services, including legal advice and representation for children, their families and carers, and consultancy on child law and children’s rights.
Coram has a turnover of £8.31m and employs around 160 people, while the CLC has a turnover of £2.40m and employs 38. No redundancies are expected. Some CLC staff will move to Coram’s London offices, while others will remain at its current offices in Essex.
Carol Homden, chief executive of Coram, said that the missions of the two charities fitted naturally together and there was no financial motive for the move.
"Neither charity had major issues with its funding," she said. "There will be some cost savings from this decision, but the desire to save costs was a long way down the list of reasons why we decided to go ahead with this.
"The idea of amalgamation came about through discussions between Carolyn Hamilton, director of CLC, and the senior management team at Coram. It was very much a mutually beneficial move.
"We provide complementary support services for children, and we felt we would be able to help children more effectively if we came more closely together.