13/02/2018Perceptions of Care Research - teachers' experiences. Can you help?

Are you a teacher in the UK or Ireland? 

Become and Voices from Care are conducting research into teachers’ experiences of teaching children who are in care.

Take the survey here.

This is a short survey that should take approximately 10 minutes. This work will help us make sure that teachers get the right support to work with children in the care system, which in turn will help children in care’s educational attainment.  The deadline for responses is the 23rd March.

About the Project

We are carrying out research as part of the 5 Nations, 1 Voice project, funded by The Big Lottery Fund. 5 Nations, 1 Voice is a project between five charities across the UK and Ireland, that are working together to connect and support young people to influence policy and effect change.

Become, the charity for children in care and young care leavers in England, and Voices from Care, Wales’ national independent organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and welfare of children and young people who are or have been looked after, chose to work together to produce this work – recognising the similarities across both our countries.

In our last piece of joint work, Perceptions from Care:

We were told in some of the focus groups that young people felt that many teachers didn’t know what being in care was like and that they need better training. We asked young people who took part in the survey if they thought that teachers understood what being in care means. Worryingly, only 24 per cent felt that they did.

We want to find out about how teachers are trained and supported to work with looked after children. We know that the right support at school can make all the difference to children in care, and that in order for staff to provide that they need the right support themselves.

Your answers here will help our understanding of the issues and help us make things better for children in care. This survey is completely anonymous and will not be used to identify you or your school in any way. At the end of the survey, there is the option to leave your contact information if you want to find out more about the work or take part in further research such as interviews or focus groups.

We have designed this survey to particularly consult teaching staff in England and Wales; however, we are also very keen to hear from teaching staff in the rest of the UK and in Ireland.

If you have any questions or further comments, please contact Amy Woodworth on