A new report from Coram Voice has found that during the Covid pandemic, care leavers’ well-being did not decline and in some areas improved slightly, suggesting additional support made available at this time made a valuable difference to young people’s lives.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on care leavers’ well-being is a follow up to Coram Voice’s What makes life good? report published in 2020 about the views of care leavers on their well-being, using responses collected between 2017 and 2019 through the Your life beyond care survey. In this report, pre-pandemic data from 1,804 care leavers is compared to data from 2,476 care leavers who responded to the survey in the first year of the pandemic (2020-2021).
Care leavers aged 16 to 25 were asked the same questions at both time points: about where they lived, feeling safe, financial well-being, and their relationships with workers, emotional support, stress, loneliness and overall well-being.