Bright Spots Programme


Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi said…

“The Our Care, Our Lives research provides us with the opportunity to hear what matters to children and young people living in care right now in their own words and also provides an excellent temperature check of our care services and what we need to do better. I’d like to commend Coram Voice and the University of Bristol’s Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies for another wide reaching and insightful survey as part of the Bright Spots programme. I am fascinated to see how the participating local authorities respond and use this unique perspective to drive improvements.” (April 2019)

The Bright Spots Programme is a partnership between Coram Voice and the University of Oxford funded by the Hadley Trust to understand children in care and care leavers subjective well-being.

The programme:

  • focuses on what children and young people say about their lives and what is important to them.
  • ensures the views and experiences of children influence service development & strategic thinking.
  • shares good practice – encouraging learning and development between local authorities.

The Bright Spots surveys are the only of their kind to give an effective measure of looked after children and care leavers subjective well-being and the quality of their care experience.

The Bright Spots surveys

The Your Life, Your Care and Your Life Beyond Care surveys are the largest surveys of their kind, giving more children in care & care leavers in a local authority the chance to share their experiences, and it compares your local findings to other local authorities and the general population.

Both surveys were co-produced with young people, the questions are based on what 170 young people in care and care leavers said was important to them.

It is strongly evidence-based. The survey is a robust research tool, developed over 5 years of research. It is comparative to national data, draws on two international literature reviews and piloting with cognitive interviews to test questions.

What we have learnt so far

Read more about the background research and the findings from the surveys on our publications page and in the news.

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