A new report from Coram Voice - Our Lives, Our Care: Looked after children’s views on their well-being in 2018 - provides an insight into the factors affecting the experiences of children in care compared to other children, for example their relationships with carers and social workers. The report emphasises how important it is to listen to children's voices.
The report is part of Coram Voice's Bright Spots Programme, which was established with the University of Bristol five years ago help to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in care by listening to their experiences, which are then used to identify and promote practices that have a positive impact on them.
The report is based on the Your Life, Your Care survey which was developed in conjunction with professionals and 140 young people.
This year, 2,684 children and young people from 17 English local authorities and aged between four and 18 were asked about their views on their wellbeing.
After the 2017 pilot of its Your Life Beyond Care survey, the Bright Spots Programme is now also starting to look at the experiences of care leavers.