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Bright Spots

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

Bright Spots logoThe Bright Spots Programme, developed by Coram Voice with the University of Bristol, aims to improve the well-being 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 as other children, but that their well-being is affected by experiences other children may not have, such as their relationships with carers and social workers.

Your Life, Your Care survey

The Your Life, Your Care survey is a tool for measuring the quality of looked-after children’s care experience and their sense of well-being. The survey was developed with children and young people in recognition that they are experts on their own experience. Your Life, Your Care is based on two international literature reviews, a roundtable discussion with professionals across the children's services sector, and focus groups and interviews with 140 children and young people.

Your Life Beyond Care

The new Bright Spots survey, Your Life Beyond Care, focuses on the thoughts, feelings and experiences of care leavers. It has been developed using the same rigorous methodology as the Your Life, Your Care surveys for younger children, drawing on research and focus groups with care-experienced young people. The pilot was run at the end of 2017 and is now open for anyone who wants to take part. To get involved, or to find out more, please email us at

For further reading, take a look at our most recent literature review, published during National Care Leavers Week 2017, on care leavers’ views on their transition to adulthood.’

Get involved

We are always looking to grow our programme. If you work for a local authority that might want to run Your Life, Your Care and/or Your Life Beyond Care, or to find out more about Bright Spots, please email us at

You can also download a flyer about what Bright Spots can offer you here.

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Meet Tiffany, our Bright Spots Peer Researcher