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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Bright Spots Programme!
 
The Bright Spots Programme is a collaborative project between Coram Voice and the University of Bristol. We aim to put looked after children at the centre of their journey through care by asking them about their subjective well-being.
 
The Bright Spots Programme lets local authorities find out where their looked after children are flourishing and doing well (‘Bright Spots’) as well as identifying areas for improvement. Our peer learning model lets you learn from other local authorities as well as sharing the areas of best practice identified in your own.
15 local authority partners confirmed for 2017
For the second run of the ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey, we are pleased to announce that we now have 15 local authorities signed up for 2017 – three times the number we had last year!! We can’t wait to hear what children have to say about their experience of being in care, and see what Bright Spots exist around the country.
 
Dr Claire Baker joins the Bright Spots team
We are delighted to introduce Dr Claire Baker to the Bright Spots team for 2017. Claire brings a wealth of knowledge of how to use research and evidence to improve policy and practice for children in and leaving care. She will be taking over the coordination of some local authorities due to the high demand we’ve experienced – e-introductions will be going out to relevant authorities in the new year.
 
2016 results
The report 'Our Lives, Our Care' pulling together the findings from the children who have completed the survey to date is due to be published early next year. We will send you all links to the full report and the executive summary and will be planning our next peer learning event around what we discovered.
 
Peer learning event – save the date!
Our next seminar-style peer learning event will be held on the 8th of March – International Women’s Day! – and as well as giving a general overview of survey findings to date, Bright Spots and areas for improvement, we will be focusing on the gendered aspects of well-being. Girls in the general population tend to report lower levels of well-being than boys, and this gap is more acute in the looked-after population. What explains these differences and what are the implications for practice? 
 
We look forward to working with many of you in the new year, and will keep you updated on the progress of this exciting project.
Best wishes,
 
The Bright Spots Team



We'd love to hear from you! To find out more about Bright Spots, please email us at brightspots@coramvoice.org.uk

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