Your Life, Your Care survey
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The Your Life, Your Care survey measures the wellbeing of looked-after children and young from as young as four.
The survey is unique because:
- It is designed by young people themselves
- It helps local authorities (LAs) understand what works well for children in care, and where things could improve
- It helps LAs demonstrate how they are meeting Ofsted requirements by showing that children and young people are being listened to, and that their views and experiences are considered when services that affect them are developed
- It forms the basis for a new child-led service improvement framework that complements and enhances existing frameworks, such as DfE performance data and Ofsted
- It is strongly evidence based – the survey draws on two international literature reviews by the University of Bristol [link to page]
- It captures the experience of younger children (from four years) through age-appropriate questionnaires and using trusted adults
- It enables good practice to be shared between LAs
- It is confidential. The data is aggregated and no one will be able to identify what individual children have said
- It is quick and easy to complete with age-appropriate questionnaires that only take around 10 minutes to complete
- It is secure. The online survey is administered through Bristol Online Surveys at the University of Bristol, providing a high level of security and adherence to EU data protection legislation.
What we’ve discovered so far
Our new report Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being details all the findings from the first cohort of 611 children to complete the Bright Spots 'Your Life, Your Care' survey.
The report and our Key findings and policy recommendations booklet, were published in March 2017.
The survey was run in six local authority areas. Age appropriate questionnaires (4-7 years, 8-10 years, and 11-18 years) were distributed to looked after children in schools. The response rates varied between 23% and 55%.
- The majority of children felt that being in care had improved their lives.
- Children care were as positive about the future as other children but, as would be expected given the often traumatic experiences that led to them being in care, they were more likely than other children to have low wellbeing.
- Wellbeing decreased with age, particularly in girls.
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