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Invitation for local authorities in Scotland to participate in the
‘Bright Spots’ programme Scottish pilot

CELCIS, in partnership with Coram Voice, is bringing the ‘Bright Spots’ programme, with its two online wellbeing surveys, to Scotland.

The surveys, ‘Your Life, Your Care’, and ‘Your Life Beyond Care’, have been developed to provide an opportunity for children and young people to share their experiences of care and how they feel about their lives, based on what they say is important.

The pilot will provide local authorities a new opportunity to listen to the voices of their care experienced children and young people to drive local service provision and focus on change where children and young people say it is needed.

In ‘The Promise’, the Independent Care Review (2020) reported that ‘Scotland collects data on the ‘care system’ and its inputs, processes and outputs rather than what matters to the experiences and outcomes of the people who live in and around it’. By participating in the ‘Bright Spots’ programme, local authorities have another opportunity to demonstrate that they are listening to care experienced children and young people, and this is informing services that impact on children and young people’s wellbeing, care experience and through care and aftercare.

About the ‘Bright Spots’ surveys

Using these surveys provides an effective measure of wellbeing, quality of care and leaving care experience. Informed by research and developed by Coram Voice, working with Professor Julie Selwyn from the University of Oxford, these capture the experiences of children from four years old up to the age of 25 through age-appropriate questionnaires.

The two surveys focus on:

‘Your Life, Your Care’

A survey for children and young people in care, which uses age-appropriate questionnaires (for ages 4-7, 8-11 and 11-18)

‘Your Life Beyond Care’

A separate survey for care leavers up to the age of 25

Children and young people helped to design the surveys, and children in care and care leavers shared their thoughts with researchers about what was important to them.

In England and Wales to date, the two online surveys have been used by over 50 local authorities and received almost 15,000 responses.

Work for a local authority and interested in getting involved?

Scottish local authorities can participate in the surveys through a pilot programme, supported by CELCIS, before these are offered to other local authorities in Scotland.

Expressions of interest to participate in the pilot phase are being sought to start in 2021. Three local authorities will be selected based on the extent to which they are able to meet key criteria and will form a partnership with CELCIS and Coram Voice to support the delivery of the surveys, dissemination of the findings and learning, and action planning to respond to these outcomes.

CELCIS will provide support and guidance at every step of the process to ensure the best possible response rates and will conduct a detailed analysis and provide you with bespoke reports of the findings – both for your staff and your children and young people.

The two surveys will be piloted with three local authorities in 2021. Following the pilot phase, all local authorities in Scotland will be offered the opportunity to carry out the surveys.

An information pack about the pilot programme can be downloaded below. If you would like to find out more about the pilot, or arrange an initial meeting/call with the CELCIS team, please send us an email at: celcis.brightspots@strath.ac.uk

Local authorities must apply to participate in the pilot programme using the Expression of Interest form below by Tuesday 10 August. Applicants will receive the outcome of their application in September.