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Bright Futures

Researchers: Jo Dixon, Jade Ward and Christine Skinner
Funder: ESRC and IAA
Duration: September 2016 - August 2017

Co-production research project with York Cares, City of York Children's Services and SPSW

The Bright Futures project involves implementing (York Cares and Children's Services) and assessing (SPSW) a work experience programme for young people in and leaving care in York. 

The programme aims to improve employability, wider skills and work related experiences for young people in care to improve their education, employment and training outcomes after care.  

It offers care experienced young people aged 12 - 18 opportunities to participate in work preparation and skills workshops and undertake work experience placements with local employers. 

Executive summary

This summary provides an overview of York Cares’ Bright Futures Project and the main findings from the evaluation.

Bright Futures - Executive summary (PDF , 660kb)

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Associated Research   

The Care Placements Evaluation: evaluation of Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care in England (MTFCE) 

Compared the  outcomes for two groups of young people with complex needs aged 11-16 - some who experienced MTFCE and others who had traditional care.


Evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's Intensive Fostering Scheme

What was the effectiveness of intensive fostering in preventing re-conviction?