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Your Life, Your Care survey

Find out more about the Your Life, Your Care survey

Bright Spots, Your Life, Your care survey showing looked after children talking about what makes them happierThe Your Life, Your Care survey measures the wellbeing of looked-after children and young people from as young as four years old.

The survey is unique because:

  • It is designed by young people themselves
  • It helps local authorities (LAs)  understand what works well for children in care, and where things could improve
  • It helps LAs demonstrate how they are meeting Ofsted requirements by showing that children and young people are being listened to, and that their views and experiences are considered when services that affect them are developed
  • It forms the basis for a new child-led service improvement framework that complements and enhances existing frameworks, such as DfE performance data and Ofsted
  • It is strongly evidence based – the survey draws on two international literature reviews by the University of Bristol [link to page]
  • It captures the experience of younger children (from four years) through age-appropriate questionnaires and using trusted adults
  • It enables good practice to be shared between LAs
  • It is confidential. The data is aggregated and no one will be able to identify what individual children have said
  • It is quick and easy to complete with age-appropriate questionnaires that only take around 10 minutes to complete
  • It is secure. The online survey is administered through SmartSurvey, which is registered under the Data Protection Act. All data is stored on UK-based servers and will never leave the UK.

What we’ve discovered so far

Coram Voice Bright Spots logoIn 2018 a Bright Spots snapshot of findings based on the views of 2,684 children was released - our findings fill in some of the gaps in the official government statistics.  

Read more about the snapshot.

Have a look at our findings from previous years: Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being in 2017 has all the findings from the 2,263 children to complete the Bright Spots 'Your Life, Your Care' survey in 2017-18.

The report and summary report were published in February 2018.

The survey was run in 16 local authorities. Age appropriate questionnaires (4-7 years, 8-10 years, and 11-18 years) were distributed to looked after children in schools. The response rates varied between 24% and 60%.

Key findings

  • The majority of children felt that their lives were getting better in care.
  • Overall, children and young people’s well-being decreased with age, and girls were more likely than boys to have low well-being.
  • Low well-being overall was associated with not knowing why they were in care and not knowing their social worker (4-7 year olds), feeling isolated and unhappy with contact arrangements (8-10 year olds), and feeling unhappy with their appearance and not given opportunities to be trusted (11-18 year olds).

Read more Bright Spots reports and reviews

You can read more reports and reviews on our Bright Spots reports and reviews page

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.

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