Corporate & Social Responsibility

The Martin James Foundation

Key Assets – The Children’s Services Provider was co-founded in 2007. One of the founders, Jim Cockburn, launched the Martin James Foundation to create a lasting legacy through significant projects around the world aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families.

Mission

To promote family-based solutions for vulnerable young people and their families through knowledge, sharing, research and the support of global projects.

Goals

  • Provision of technical support, advice, training and resources to organizations seeking to improve the lives of vulnerable young people and their families
  • Creation of regional centers of excellence globally to share learning and best practices
  • Provision and access to training and resources to support practitioners through conferences, webinars, and an online suite of tools and resources
  • Links with learning institutions dedicated to research for improving outcomes for children and families

Partner organizations

The Martin James Foundation currently partners with organizations to deliver global projects, which allows the foundation to deliver successful and sustainable solutions in some of the most challenging locations globally.

Projects

The Martin James Foundation will be taking on all existing philanthropic projects undertaken personally by Jim Cockburn and in addition, all charity projects currently carried out by Key Assets Group. This includes work actively being done across 14 countries which is aimed at meeting the mission and goals of the Martin James Foundation.

Case Study: Foster Care Provision - Bulgaria

Partnership with For Our Children
  • Long-standing relationship between Key Assets Group and For Our Children (FOC) Bulgaria
  • FOC was the first NGO in Bulgaria to start foster care on a small scale
  • Continued support provided through provision of resources and training, specifically geared toward social workers contracted by FOC
  • Knowledge sharing will continue to allow FOC to maintain existing foster care placements

Case Study: The Hope Center – Jordan

Partnership with Arabian Medical Relief and Human Relief Foundation
  • Allied Healthcare Center, based in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, was the first camp-based allied healthcare center in the world
  • Delivering a complete holistic solution for all children within Zaatari refugee camp
  • Working in partnership with:  Human Relief Foundation, a UK-based NGO; significant donors; and Arabian Medical Relief, a Jordanian based NGO, specifically focusing on supporting refugees within Jordan
  • Care focused around psychiatric needs and long-term developmental needs of displaced children
  • Currently treating 225 registered patients with 78% family involvement in treatment plans

Case Study: Establishing a Centre of Excellence in Family and Alternative Based Care – India

  • Working with a leading group of professionals in India to establish a centre of excellence for alternative and family based care that covers all of India
  • Developing a concise, localized training manual for social work practitioners in partnership with the Indian government
  • Delivering training across India in all aspects of child protection and alternative and family-based care

Case Study: Fostering First Asia – Southeast Asia

Partnership with The Nippon Foundation - Japan

  • Working across eleven countries to understand and develop the current national position of family -based care across Southeast Asia
  • Working to launch an annual Asian-focused conference that will work to network and allow an exchange of best practices between Southeast Asian focused organizations
  • Providing an online portal for grassroots organizations to explore and exchange best practices in family-based care across Southeast Asia.

Case Study: Research Project Studying Forced Migration and Gender

Partnership with The University of Oxford - England
  • Funding a 4-year research project focusing on forced migration and the impact of gender specifically in children
  • Working on ground-breaking research to allow for better planning for large-scale forced migration in the future
  • Working on delivering research that will help guide organizations on how better to respond to humanitarian crises in the future
  • Working to ensure that the research produced affects global policy and has long-lasting, positive influence

Accreditations & Affiliations