New Belongings Programme

The New Belongings Programme (NBP) will develop a model for improving support for care leavers based on engagement and involvement of young people as experts in their own experience.

How does work?

Coram Voice are working with eight local authorities using the Your Life Beyond Care survey from our Bright Spots programme and the Baker Dixon self-assessment-framework to better understand what makes life good for their care leavers and how to improve the support they are offering.

Using this information the authorities are working with their young people to co-produce solutions to the issues they have identified.

How does New Belongings help?

New Belongings was initially developed between 2013-2016, with support from the Department for Education. It has led to significant national improvements for care leavers, including the extension of PA’s for care leaver to the age of 25 and the introduction of council tax relief.

In early 2021 the eight local authorities will start to implement plans to improve their own local services.

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LAs participating in New Belongings should be able to draw on their work on the project to provide up-to-date, robust evidence of progress and management oversight for their annual self-evaluation and engagement meeting.”  – Matthew Brazier, HMI, Specialist Adviser (Looked After Children) at Ofsted

View slides from our introductory New Belongings presentation.

New Belongings Baseline Evaluation Report

Carried out by Coram’s Impact and Evaluation team, this independent evaluation of the New Belongings Programme is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Using a range of tools such as the Baker and Dixon self-assessment for local authorities and the Your Life Beyond Care survey for care leavers, this evaluation report provides a baseline assessment of the starting point for the eight participating local authorities. These tools will be administered again in spring 2022, allowing pre- and post- data to be compared, which will enable the final evaluation report to describe any changes the New Belongings approach contributes to improving services for care leavers in participating local authorities.

Read the full report

New Belongings: In Focus

Our New Belongings in Focus campaign, where showcasing a case study highlighting work we have done with a local authority to improve outcomes for care leavers in different regions as part of our New Belongings programme.

For each case study we will feature a blog and variety of social media content. You can follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #NBInFocus

New Belongings: in Focus

Peer Learning Seminar

We are holding a peer learning seminar to showcase the latest findings from the New Belongings Programme.

  • Wednesday 20th October 2021
  • 12:30 to 2:00

Find out more and book your place

Get in touch

To find out about more about the New Belongings Programme or how you could use the principles to improve your services- contact: Ian.stewart- watson@coramvoice.org.uk or new.belongings@coramvoice.org.uk