The Bright Spots offer

We believe that care-experienced children and young people are experts in their own lives, and are therefore based placed to inform corporate parents about what’s working well and what needs improving in their service.

By using either of the two Bright Spots surveys or New Belongings Plus, local authorities can hear directly from their children and young people. Their views help you to think strategically and make effective service improvements which will have the biggest impact on the issues which are most important to them.

The Bright Spots team support you to use these tools throughout the project cycle, helping you to achieve high response rates and hear from a wide range of children and young people. Read more about the individual project cycles below:

Why take part in the Bright Spots surveys?

By taking part in the Bright Spots surveys we:

  • Help you to systematically listen to your children in care and care leavers about the things that are important to them. By doing so, this can influence your service development and strategic thinking, which is a key requisite of Ofsted.
  • We work with you to tailor the survey distribution and ensure that you achieve the best possible response rates from care experienced children and young people.

The Bright Spots surveys are unique in that they are:

  • The largest surveys of their kind allowing you to compare your children and young people’s subjective wellbeing to other local authorities & to the general population.
  • The only surveys co-produced with children and young people – the surveys are based on what 170 children in care and care leavers said was important to them.
  • Strongly evidence based – the surveys are a robust research tool, developed over seven years together with the University of Oxford, drawing on international research reviews, focus groups and rigorous piloting.

Get involved

Costs: £9,950 to do one survey or a discounted rate of £17,900 if doing both.

To take part or for more information, contact us at: