The Bright Spots Well-Being Indicators
How we find out what makes looked-after children happy
The Bright Spots Programme surveys explore the subjective well-being of children in care and care leavers. Our definition of well-being is being satisfied with life, feeling that life is worthwhile, feeling happy in the present and positive about the future.
The Bright Spots Well-Being Indicators examine four key areas that emerged from our discussions with children and young people in the development phase of the project and a review of existing literature on the subject. The four areas are:
- Relationships: keeping and developing the relationships that matter
- Rights: participating in decisions, understanding rights and being free from abuse and discrimination
- Resilience-building: learning how to manage the challenges in life
- Recovery: coming to terms with what has happened and feeling valued