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Coram Voice’s Bright Spots Programme recognised in the National Fostering Stocktake

Posted date: 
07 Feb 18

We’re delighted to see our Bright Spots programme findings recognised in the Fostering Stocktake report, and for the programme to be recommended to all local authorities to use across the UK.

The National Fostering Stocktake has been published by the Department for Education to inform a comprehensive understanding of the current fostering system in England. The findings of the report are based on interviews and submissions from hundreds of people with an interest in fostering, including foster carers, care-experienced children and young people, fostering providers and social work leaders.

The Fostering Stocktake report references Coram Voice's Bright Spots programme, which 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 includes the 'Your Life Your Care' survey to measure the quality of looked after children’s care experiences and their sense of wellbeing.

The report says: 

"Useful as they may be, local authorities need to look beyond things like Children in Care Councils, and engage with a wider sample of their fostered children. They need to compare their views with those from children fostered by other local authorities.

We have been impressed with Bright Spots: run by Coram Voice and the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at the University of Bristol. The 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 well-being. We recommend that all local authorities use Bright Spots, or similar survey approaches regularly and systematically to measure children’s experience of fostering relative to other local authorities."

Find out more about our Bright Spots programme and read the latest survey findings here.

We will be launching the findings from our new Bright Spots report on the wellbeing of children in care across the UK on 19 February at the The Foundling Museum, London. If you would like to attend, please reserve your place by emailing events@coram.org.uk.