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More about Bright Spots

Discover the objectives of the Bright Spots programme, and more about how it can help children in care to be happy

Bright Spots logoThe overall aim of Bright Spots is to improve the care experience and wellbeing of children in care and care leavers by identifying and promoting ‘Bright Spots’ – that is, the practices that have a positive influence on children and young people’s wellbeing.

The project is being run by Coram Voice and the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the University of Bristol.

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Develop a measure to capture the wellbeing of children in care and care leavers

  • Understand, from the perspective of children in care and care leavers, the key elements of wellbeing and how this compares to children and young people in the general population

  • Promote an understanding of what wellbeing and a positive care experience is for children in care and care leavers

  • Identify the 'Bright Spots' - the practices and policies that contribute to the wellbeing of children and young people

  • Support local authorities to improve children and young people’s wellbeing

  • Influence national policy to drive improvements in children and young people’s wellbeing

Since the launch of the project in 2013, we have heard from 140 children and young people in care at 18 focus groups and two interviews across England.  We have also taken into account the views of professionals at a roundtable event and published three literature reviews, all of which have contributed to the online survey ‘Your Life, Your Care’ and new for 2018, the Your Life, Beyond Care survey.

Find out more about the Your Life, Your Care survey here

The initial findings from the survey are published in our new report Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being

Read our report Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being

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For more information, email brightspots@coram.voice.org.uk