The charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol carried out a national study on 2,263 children and young people aged between 4 and 18 about their experiences of being in care.
3 surveys were created looking at:
RELATIONSHIPS - Contact with birth parents, siblings and pets, trusting relationships with social workers, carers, and friends, stability of placements and social workers.
RESILIENCE - Having a key trusted adult, opportunities to play, have activities/ hobbies and access to the natural world, getting second chances, enjoying school, support for learning, learning life skills.
RIGHTS - feeling safe and free from bullying, knowing and being able to contact your social worker and the right to speak in private. Feeling included in social work decision-making, not being made to feel different because of being looked after.
RECOVERY - Feeling settled, liking bedroom, having sensitive carers, being trusted, parity with peers, access to computers/ tablets, support services to help with difficulties, having an age appropriate account of personal history, happiness with appearance and feeling that life is getting better.
The report calls for social workers and carers to do more to explain to children why they are in care and ensure every looked-after child has a trusted adult in their life. Social workers and carers should also ask children in care about their sibling relationships and intervene if sibling bullying is a problem, it adds.
This is a great report. Click here to see the full report