Bright Spots Publications

Reports published 2020

  • What Makes Life Good, Care leavers’ Views on their Well-being’ (published by Coram Voice in collaboration with The Rees Centre)

(November 2020) Linda Briheim-Crookall, Olivia Michelmore, Claire Baker, Oluwanifemi Oni, Sarah Taylor, Julie Selwyn

Full Report

Brief Report Summary

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‘What Makes Life Good, Care leavers’ Views on their Well-being’, report is the first of its kind in examining the well being of care leavers from their perspective and enabling comparisons across local authorities by analysing 1,804 care leaver  responses collected between 2017 and 2019 and shows significant differences in the experience of care leavers between local authorities in England.    


  • The Voices of Children In Care and Care Leavers on What Makes Life good: Recommendations for Reviewing the Care System

(November 2020) Coram Voice and the Rees Centre  

Full Report

The Voices of Children in Care and Care Leavers on What Makes Life Good focuses on what care-experienced children and young people have said about their wellbeing, drawing on Coram Voice’s ongoing work with thousands of care-experience children and young people.


  • Care leavers’ well-being during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Key Messages for Leaving Care Workers

(Apr 2020) Voices Improving Care team

Full Report

Responding to Coronavirus is a challenge for us all and no different in our work with children in care and care leavers. As we respond to new circumstances it is important that we plan our services not only to keep our children and young people safe and supported, but to make their lives as positive as possible at this time.


  • Bright Spots: Challenging Stigma in the Care System

(Mar 2020) Bright Spots team

Full Report

Our Bright Spots research shows that being singled out, being stereotyped and treated differently is an on-going issue for both children in care and care leavers.

Our Insight paper: ‘Challenging Stigma in the care system’, shares what children and young people have told us about stigma, what they want to see from services and gives examples of how local authorities have worked with children in care and care leavers to challenge stigma.


  • “I wish someone would explain why I am in care”: The impact of children and young people’s lack of understanding of why they are in out‐of‐home care on their well‐being and felt security”

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

Full Report

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.

 

Reports published 2019

  • Bright Spots insight paper: Understanding why you are in care 

(October 2019) Bright Spots team

Full Report

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. 


  • The Subjective Well-Being of Children and Young People in out of Home Care: Psychometric Analyses of the” Your Life, Your Care” survey

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

Full Report

Examining the reliability and validity of the survey questions.


  • Our Lives Beyond Care: care leavers’ views on their well-being 2018

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

Full Report

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.

 

Reports published 2018

  • Bright Spots Snapshot, Our Lives Our Care: looked after children’s views on their well-being in 2018

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

Full Report

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.


  • Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being – Wales 2018   

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

Full Report: English

Full Report: Cymraeg

The Wales Bright Spots national report details the findings from six local authorities in Wales who completed the Bright Spots Your Life, Your Care survey.


  • Our Lives Our Care 2017

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

Full report

Summary

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).

 

Reports published 2017

  • Care leavers’ views on their transition to adulthood: a rapid review of evidence

(October 2017) Dr Claire Baker

Full Report

Summary

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.


  • Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being 

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

Full Report

Key findings and policy recommendations 

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


  • Looked after children and young people’s views on what matters to their subjective well-being

(March 2017) Marsha Wood, Julie Selwyn

Full Report

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.

 

Reports published 2016

  • Looked after Children and Young People in England: Developing Measures of Subjective Well-Being 

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

Full Report

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.

 

Reports published 2015

  • Children and Young People’s Views on Being in Care 

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

Full Report

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.


  • Measuring Well-Being 

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

Full Report

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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