Planning for leaving care

1. Privacy statement

Ofsted are doing some research to find out more about what happens to prepare children for leaving care and how these decisions are made. You’re no longer in care when you turn 18 but your council must still provide you with some support, including a personal adviser and plan. This survey has been co-designed with children in care and care leavers. We are asking about the experiences of children currently in care aged 16 and over, as well as of care leavers, whenever you left care. 

The findings will help Ofsted, and others, to understand what is important when people are leaving care.

Please note: You may be aware of the current independent review of children’s social care, commissioned by the government. This project is not a part of that review, though we do hope that our findings may inform the review.

This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete, but it may take longer if you have a lot you want to share about your experiences. It is okay if you ask someone (e.g. foster carer, social worker, friend) to help you answer the questions.

If you are using a mobile phone, please turn it to landscape (horizontal) for a better experience.

If you need to go back to a previous question, please click the survey's 'Previous Page' button; do not click your back browser.

If you would prefer to complete a paper questionnaire or would like it in another language, please contact, quoting reference GD2.
Before you take the survey, it is important that we tell you how we will protect your information.
  • You do not have to take part in this survey. If you don’t want to answer any of the questions please select ‘prefer not to say’. You can stop answering at any time.
  • In this survey there will be some opportunities for you to give longer answers to questions. You can write as much or as little as you want for these.
  • This survey does not require you to leave your name and we will try our best to make sure that we do not use any information in reports that might lead someone to recognise who you are.
  • For the next stage of this research, we want to talk to a small number of people in more detail about their experiences. After you have completed the questionnaire, there is opportunity to leave your name and contact details only if you are interested in talking to us some more. You do not need to leave your name and contact details if you just want to complete the questionnaire. 
  • Except as set out in this paragraph, we will not share any information about you with anyone else, and it will be kept securely within the research team. The only time we may do this (if you have left your name and contact details) is if we are worried about your or anyone else’s well-being or safety. Wherever possible, we will talk to you first before sharing information about you with anyone, to explain why we are concerned and what we are going to do. 
  • In addition to the published report, we plan to provide an anonymised summary to local authorities (LAs) of the responses in their area (when there are enough responses to make analysis valid). You do not have to state your LA if you don’t want to.
  • The answers to the survey will be held securely on Ofsted’s systems for two years after the final report is published so that it can inform our work on children’s social care. It will then be deleted. If you have provided your name and contact details, you can ask to have your information deleted at any point up to three months after the survey has closed.

Would you like to continue?

Please note: this survey is for care leavers and children currently in care, aged 16 and over. *