Who commissions SHEU surveys? Local Authorities/Public Health / Drug Action Teams / Local Authorities/Children's Services / Schools / Colleges

Who completes SHEU surveys? Pupils and Students / Parents/Carers / Staff

 

Who commissions SHEU surveys?

Public Health

Health and Wellbeing Boards, Primary Care Trusts, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and Local Health Boards (LHB) use our services to provide base-line data about the health related behaviour of young people in their area. Often, in partnership with other agencies, people in Public Health  use the results to inform their programme and service planning.

Directors of Public Health often take the lead on the collecting of data for local needs assessment and health promotion and our services support their work including results in the Director's Annual Reports.

The report 'Supporting the Health of Young People in Your Area' is an example of how the survey results can support your work and inform you and your partners.

[More information for Public Health]

DATs

We have worked hard to ensure that our secondary questionnaires provide the type of information that is useful to Drug Action Teams. Our general questionnaire V23 has been scrutinised by a number of DAT partners for its validity and usefulness. The resulting data are now finding their way, more than ever before, into DATs Young People's Substance Misuse Plans. Repeat survey strategies are being identified in order to monitor behaviour.

[More information for DATs]

LAs

Local Authorities have commissioned SHEU surveys to support:

  • Healthy Schools Programme
  • PSHE and Citizenship work
  • Baseline and monitoring information for Joint Area Reviews
  • Partnership working with Public Health

Over the years many local authorities have used our nationally recognised survey services to provide robust local data. They include:


 

Barnet Blackburn with Darwen Bromley
Camden Chorley Derbyshire
Derwentside Dudley Ealing
East Sussex Essex Devon
Guernsey Hartlepool Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Knowsley Leicester City
Lewisham Luton Manchester
Milton Keynes North Yorkshire Peterborough
Solihull Stockport  

You can see an example of the type of summary report we currently produce for the authorities commissioning our services. Schools and colleges involved receive a comprehensive set of data and a comparative report about their own students which is a valuable resource for curriculum planning for school's OFSTED self evaluation forms and college's healthy college development.

The database that arises from our survey work provides information, valuable for Joint Area Reviews, that is also shared among joint commissioning bodies, as well as Healthy School and College programmes. Commissions have been made, separately or together, in connection with:

Joint Area Reviews Children and Young People's Plans (CYPP)
Healthy Schools Teenage Pregnancy
Children's Services PSHE
Education Services Drug Action Teams
Children's Trusts  
and work with Public Health and Primary Care Trusts



A repeat survey strategy is being used to reflect the changing nature of the needs of the local young population and support local plans as they develop.

If you would like one of my team to attend a meeting to explain our surveys and to answer any specific questions you may have, please let us know directly:

Angela Balding
Survey Manager
T: 01392 667272
E: angela.balding@sheu.org.uk

Schools

We have versions for early primary and later primary pupils.

A longer and more thorough questionnaire can be designed for secondary-age pupils.

Colleges

Since 2000, SHEU has been developing services for FE & 6th Form Colleges. A student survey instrument has been successfully trailed and piloted with Colleges. A free online survey has been offered to colleges. A confidential databank is developing and currently holds information from students about their attitudes and lifestyle behaviours in relation to health. This unique resource enables comparisons to be made across a range of questions. Not only would colleges have information with regard to your students you may also have comparative, anonymous data from students in your region or elsewhere.

[More information for Colleges]

Who completes SHEU surveys?

Pupils and Students

Since 1977, over a million questionnaires have been completed by young people with SHEU. 

"I've never looked at myself before", said one.

Our questionnaires are all designed for a specific group:

  • Early Primary
  • Later Primary
  • Secondary
  • Sixth Form and FE College students
  • HE and University Students

Parents and carers

Our parent surveys have mostly been perception surveys rather than lifestyle surveys, although we have done both.
They can be completed on paper or online, and can be customised to suit your situation.

Staff

We have carried out work with staff wellbeing: for instance, see our example staff wellbeing survey.

Frequently Asked Questions - Parents and Carers

Online survey: clear, friendly, responsive

Responses from questionnaires are stored in our databanks

Pupils and students can still complete on paper, if you prefer

Questionnaires are fetched by secure courier and logged in the SHEU offices

Questions are composed collaboratively with clients and designed with the pupils and students in mind

This document was written by Cambridgeshire PSHE team to help parents and carers understand more about the lifestyle survey being carried out in schools.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS and CARERS
Why does the survey ask for our postcode and does this mean we can be identified?
The postcode can not identify individual homes and is only used to look at the information about young people's health in local communities. This is very useful for the health authority (NHS Cambridgeshire) who need information to help them target their resources and support most effectively. Schools, too, can work with their Locality Teams to identify parts of their communities which may need extra support and care.
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Why is my child asked if they have free school meals?
The government has set Cambridgeshire tough targets to reduce inequalities in health and achievement for young people. We know that, generally speaking, young people from homes with lower than average incomes may achieve less well and have more problems in terms of their health and wellbeing, although, clearly, this is not always the case. The government's chosen indicator for this group of young people is those who have free school meals and there are plans and programmes to give them and their families additional support. Being able to look at the survey information for this group of young people in our communities can help us see if these programmes are really helping and judge what more could and should be done.
Won't some questions upset and worry my child?
Young people are always told that they do not have to answer any questions with which they are uncomfortable and most of the more sensitive questions have a "Rather not say" option. Young people are reassurred that, although important, the survey is not an "exam" or "test" of them. It is carefully explained that the information will help improve services designed for them. Our experience is that young people find the survey and the areas it covers interesting and stimulating for discussion.
Why are young people asked for their height and weight?
There is a government led programme in place to reduce obesity in young people and encourage healthy eating and exercise This is a sensitive issue for individual young people and their families. This information will help health professionals see if there are links between young people who are over or under weight for their age and other health issues and behaviour: for example, the number of young people who eat breakfast before coming to school in the morning. This will help them judge what approaches might make a difference in providing sensitive support for young people and families.
Is the survey reliable? Surely some young people will lie?
Yes some probably will. But we take a lot of trouble to stress the importance of honest answers and this is reinforced by emphasising that the survey is genuinely anonymous. Even if some do lie, the size of the sample means that it would take a lot of young people to lie in one way to change the results.
Is this just more information that will end up in a computer somewhere never to be seen again?
We are a busy and fully committed school and we would not give our staff and pupils any more work to do if we didn't feel it was of real benefit to us and what we do. We know this information will help us meet the needs of our young people and their families better. Also we are committed to sharing it with you to support our partnership of care for young people. Young people who are worried will be directed towards further support and advice if they wish.

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