“It’s good to raise our profile as IROs, it’s good to set the bar high and expect the best for the children we work for. Having a clear vision and clear expectations should leave no excuses for ineffective practice.” Otilia Broadhurst, independent reviewing officer.
In March 2019, Coram Voice published the findings of its first ‘Our Lives Beyond Care’ study as part of its BrightSpots programme with local authorities, uncovering how young people with care experience aged 16-25 feel about their lives.
Brigid Robinson, Managing Director of Coram Voice:
Our Lives Beyond Care gives us much-needed insight into how care leavers themselves really feel about their lives and what is important to them.
It is encouraging that the report highlights some positive findings, however we know more needs to be done to ensure that all young people leaving care have access to the same opportunities and support as other young people to allow them to lead happy and fulfilled lives. That is what the Bright Spots Programme, working with partner local authorities, hopes to achieve and why Coram Voice supports local authorities to respond to what their young people have said by highlighting what works and sharing practical solutions that can make a real difference for young people.”