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10,000 Children’s Voices

Updated: Jan 8, 2023

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10,000 Children’s Voices

Article 12 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)15 states that every child has the right to express their views, feelings, and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. Furthermore, Article 13 states children have a right to be given information, so that their views can be informed.

Between 2015 and 2021, the Bright Spots Programme collected over 10,000 voices through surveys from children in care, including foster care. These ‘voices’ give an unprecedented insight into children in care’s subjective well-being.

The Bright Spots program focussed on changing the culture of children’s services. One of the

many encouraging things are that since the survey was started in 2015, they have consistently found that many children and young people write more positively about their experiences of being in care: where 83% of children felt their lives were getting better.

EHP Consultancy agrees that when developing policy and practice in the care system, ultimately, it should be measurable, i.e. it should establish if children feel that their lives have improved as a


For the full report and its recommendations, see: 2410-CV-YLYC-2021-Report-Key-Findings+Recs- v4.indd (

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