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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

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.

Read the snapshot of findings of the Our Lives Beyond Care study

Find out more about Our Lives Beyond Care

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.

Discover the Bright Spots Well-Being Indicators: Your Life Beyond Care

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.

Get involved

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

You can also download a flyer about what Bright Spots can offer you here.

Keep up to date with Bright Spots news

You can also find out more about Bright Spots, including the Your Life, Beyond Care survey, by signing up to our Bright Spots newsletter.

Read our Privacy Notice for the Bright Spots survey