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What About Youth Study

(previously known as the Local Health and Wellbeing Survey for Younger People)

What is this survey?

The What About Youth? study has been launched as part of a new Government pledge to make improvements to the health of young people. It's the first in what we hope will be a series of studies of young people across England. By spending just a short time answering questions about their life, your child will be helping to make a difference to other young people.

Further information on the study 


Why are we doing this survey?

The overall purpose of the survey would be to collect robust local level data on a range of topics relating to young people to drive improvement in outcomes. The key users and stakeholders would be local authority commissioners, policy makers, service providers and third-sector organisations.

The project has received approval from all the appropriate ethical channels to contact 15-year-olds directly.


Who is doing the survey?

The What About Youth? study is being undertaken by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of the Department of Health. We have asked Ipsos MORI, an independent research agency, to run the study.


How do you choose who takes part?

15-year-olds will be randomly selected from our database.

The study is postal-based so we can identify the addresses of 15-year-olds through cross referencing the National Pupil Database and the NHS' integrated database and administration system 'MIDAS'. In reality this means that some 14-16-year-olds may be asked to take part in the survey, but the majority will be 15.


What does taking part involve?

The selected 15-year-olds are invited to complete a questionnaire about their health and well-being on paper or online. Filling in the questionnaire should take you around 15 minutes but, depending on your answers, it may be quicker than this.


What data items are collected?

Data will be collected on topics including smoking, emotional wellbeing, diet, physical activity, drugs, alcohol and bullying.


What happens to the answers?

The answers will not include names or address on, your identity will be kept anonymous. The answers from the questionnaire will then be put together with the answers collected from thousands of other people across England.

The answers will be completely confidential and we will make sure that no-one can be identified from the results we publish.

The results collected are used for research purposes only and the findings won't identify anyone who took part. 

You will never receive any junk mail as a result of speaking to us. We never pass on your details to other organisations for commercial purposes.


Latest findings and report

If everything goes to plan, then we would expect results to be published by the HSCIC by late 2015.

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