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Bright Spots

Find out how Bright Spots helps children in care to be happy

Bright Spots logoBright Spots, developed by Coram Voice with the University of Bristol, aims to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in care by identifying and promoting practices that have a positive influence on them.

It recognises that children in care want the same things other children want. But that their wellbeing is affected by things other children may not experience, such as their relationships with carers and social workers.

Your Life Your Care survey

As part of Bright Spots, we worked with children and young people to create the Your Life, Your Care survey, a tool for measuring the quality of looked-after children’s care experience and their sense of wellbeing. The survey was developed by young people in recognition of the fact that they are experts on their own experience.

Bright Spots Indicators

The Your Life Your, Care survey was informed by what children and young people told us was important to them. We call these the Bright Spots 'Indicators'.

Get involved

We have successfully run the Your Life, Your Care survey in five local authorities (LAs). In 2017, we are excited to be running the survey in 17 LAs, including the original five.  

If you work for an LA that might want to be involved with the survey free of charge, please email us at

Bright Spots newsletter

You can also find out more about Bright Spots by signing up to our Bright Spots newsletter.