Welcome to another update from the Bright Spots team. Read on for local authority highlights, updates on our report, and an invite to our event on the 8th of March.
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Welcome to another update from the Bright Spots team. The programme is picking up speed and we are very excited to be working with more LAs than ever before thanks to funding from the Hadley Trust and the Social Care Innovation Fund.
We now have 17 local authorities signed up for 2017 giving us a bigger survey cohort and better comparative data than ever before. With the deadline for data collection coming at the end of March, partners are doing a great job getting those surveys out.

We want to particularly highlight:
Milton Keynes, who invited their Children in Care Council to our planning meeting showing a great commitment to the Bright Spots value of putting children’s voices at the centre of care. We really enjoyed meeting with Milton Keynes’ young people and appreciated their insightful feedback and comments, and hope to see them again during the evaluation phase
Hampshire, who are using a different model to collect their responses than most of our other local authority partners: their IROs are carrying out the surveys during independent reviews. Whilst this method is taking longer than the virtual school route (using a survey period of a little over 5 months), it is proving very effective. Our meeting with Hampshire’s IROs gave us a unique insight into how trusted adults find using the survey day to day.
Shropshire, the first local authority this year to reach a 30% overall response rate – and with two weeks to go!

Slough Children’s Services Trust, who win the award for being the most organised – at our planning meeting, they had already had two working group meetings, done a mailout to the virtual school, set meetings to inform designated teachers of the survey, set the dates for the survey period, got their age group breakdowns ready and instructed their Head of Communications to circulate information about Bright Spots. We barely needed to be there!
‘Our Lives, Our Care’: Looked After Children’s Views on Their Well-Being
The report pulling together the findings from the children who have completed the survey to date is due to be published in the next couple of weeks. We will send you all links to the full report and the executive summary – watch this space!
Peer learning event – save the date!
Our next peer learning event will be held on the 8th of March – International Women’s Day! – at the Foundling Museum in Central London and will explore the gendered aspects of well-being. The findings from the first 611 children who completed the ‘Your Life, Your Care’ survey indicated that girls reported much lower well-being than boys. This is a trend that has also been observed in the general population, but our report shows that this gap is more acute in the looked-after population.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Linda Briheim-Crookall, Head of Policy and Practice Development, Coram Voice
  • Professor Julie Selwyn, Professor of Child and Family Social Work, University of Bristol
  • Dr Lorraine Green, Former Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham
  • Dr Sheila Redfern, Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families
We can now also exclusively reveal that the event will be chaired by Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former Children’s Commissioner and President of the British Medical Association. We are thrilled to have Sir Aynsley-Green headlining our event and sharing his wealth of experience.
The event will take the form of a panel discussion and run from 6.30-8.30pm. Your invitation is attached to this email if you haven’t received it already. Please RSVP to
As always, we want to hear from you! If you have any feedback or ideas for the project moving forward, please email
Best wishes,
The Bright Spots Team 
Bright Spots
The Bright Spots Programme is a project between Coram Voice and the University of Bristol. Our survey, ‘Your Life, Your Care’, asks looked after children aged 4-18 questions about their lives and how they feel they are doing. We use the information they give us to improve the care system for young people in care.  
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