Bright Spots Publications

2020

(January 2019) Staines, J, SELWYN J, Child and Family Social Work. Wiley

This paper explores the effect of lack of knowledge on children’s well‐being and on their feelings of being settled in their current placement.

 

2019

(October 2019) Bright Spots team

Every child and young person who comes into care needs to know why and have opportunities to discuss the reasons this happened whenever they feel unclear.

Our Bright Spots Insight Paper ‘Understanding why you are in care’ explains why this is important to children and young people and shares ideas and resources for how to support them with this. 

 

(July 2019) Article by M. Zhang & J. Selwyn for Child Indicators Research

Examining the reliability and validity of the survey questions.

 

(April 2019) Dr. Claire Baker, Linda Briheim-Crookall, Levana Magnus and Professor Julie Selwyn

This report summarises the findings from the responses of 474 16-25 year-old care leavers, who completed the Your Life Beyond Care survey in six local authorities in England.

It gives an insight into how care leavers really feel about their lives.

 

2018

(November 2018) Linda Briheim-Crookall, Dr. Claire Baker and Professor Julie Selwyn

In 2018, Bright Spots produced a snapshot Our Lives Our Care: looked after children’s views on their well-being in 2018, based on what 2,684 children in care from 17 English local authorities told Coram Voice through the Your Life, Your Care survey in 2017/18.

It gives an insight into how children and young people in care really feel about their lives.

 

(September 2018) Professor Julie Selwyn, Levana Magnus, Jon Symonds & Linda Briheim-Crookall

The Wales Bright Spots national report is available in English and Welsh. It details the findings from six local authorities in Wales who completed the Bright Spots Your Life, Your Care survey.

 

(February 2018) Professor Julie Selwyn, Levana Magnus and Dr Bobby Stuijfzand

Details all the findings from children and young people who completed the Bright Spots ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey in 2017 (2,263 children and young people from 16 local authorities).

 

2017

(October 2017) Dr Claire Baker

Rapid review that informed the development of the ‘Your Life Beyond Care’ survey. The review looks at care leavers’ experiences of the care system and how it has worked for them.

 

(March 2017) Professor Julie Selwyn and Linda Briheim-Crookall

Details all the findings from the first cohort of 611 children to complete the Bright Spots ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey.

 

(March 2017) Marsha Wood, Julie Selwyn

Article for the Journal Adoption & Fostering describing the development of our online ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey measuring the subjective wellbeing of children in care.

 

2016

(February 2016) Julie Selwyn, Marsha Wood, Tabetha Newman

Findings from focus groups with 140 children and young people, which informed the development of the ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey, exploring what wellbeing is to them published in the Journal Child Indicators Research.

 

2015

(March 2015) Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, Coram Voice, Bristol University

Literature review which informed the development of the ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey which looks at existing research on children and young people’s experiences of being care and highlights their voices on positive and adverse aspects of that journey.

 

(March 2015) Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, Coram Voice, Bristol University

Literature review which informed the development of the ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey which looks at UK and international approaches to measuring the concept of wellbeing and, in particular, the wellbeing of looked after children.

 

Get involved

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

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