Your Life Beyond Care survey
New for 2018: 'Your Life Beyond Care' survey of care leavers' views
The new Bright Spots survey, Your Life Beyond Care, focuses on the thoughts, feelings and experiences of care leavers. It has been developed using the same rigorous methodology as the Your Life, Your Care surveys for younger children, drawing on research and focus groups with care-experienced young people. The pilot was run at the end of 2017 and is now open for anyone who wants to take part. To get involved, or to find out more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What we've discovered so far
In 2019, our Bright Spots Snapshot 2018 based on our survey of young people aged 16-25 leaving the care system found that almost one in four (23%) have low life satisfaction compared to 3% of 16-24-year-olds in the general population.
The snapshot gives a much-needed insight into how care
leavers really feel about their lives. It is based on a large
survey of care leavers’ views on their well-being and
pulls together what 474 care leavers from six English local
authorities told us through the Your Life Beyond Care
survey in 2017/18.
How we find out about the feelings of care leavers
Our Bright Spots Well-Being Indicators are used to measure the the subjective well-being for children in care and care leavers in our Your Life, Your Care and Your Life Beyond Care surveys. The indicators provide a picture of how children and young people feel about their lives compared with the general population. If all local authorities did the surveys, decision makers would better understand the experiences of children in care and care leavers.
Read more Bright Spots reports and reviews
We reviewed over 80 research studies to look at care leavers' views on their transition to adulthood and this work informed the development of the Bright Spots Your Life Beyond Care survey.
- Care leavers' views on their transition to adulthood: A RAPID REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE (October 2017)
- Care leavers' view on their transition to adulthood: A RAPID REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE, RESEARCH REVIEW SUMMARY (October 2017)
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 email@example.com.
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