Dear Parents and Carers
HEALTH RELATED BEHAVIOUR SURVEYS
Our school, along with many others, has agreed to participate in a very important Health Behaviour Survey amongst young people. We have been asked to support the work of the Local Authority and Public Health and we stand to benefit substantially through our participation in the survey.
The survey data in schools may prompt review of the curriculum and have also been used in a variety of ways including:
The survey method that we are using has been developed by the Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter and has been in use now for over 30 years. Over 3000 schools have used the survey, many of them regularly repeating the survey.
The age-appropriate questions concern a wide range of health behaviours, for example: Home and family, Relationships, emotional health and well-being, Tobacco, Alcohol, Leisure and money
Eating, Exercise and Drugs.
The Local Authority and Public Health will also have a reliable database upon which it can objectively plan health care provision for young people. Links between the school and Public Health can be strengthened.
Both the Local Authority and the school find the content of the questionnaire acceptable; it has been customised to suit our local setting.
Each questionnaire is anonymous and confidential, and no pupil will be identified when the data is returned to your school. The Local Authority will receive only the summary of all schools in which individual schools are not identified.
I hope you will agree with us that this is an exercise in which we wish to co-operate fully. I will assume you do approve unless I hear otherwise by 9am on Tuesday 6th February.
I look forward to working with you in planning improved health promotion for our pupils. We hold a copy of the questionnaire in the school office, and if you would like to examine it, you are welcome to do so by appointment.
The survey will be carried out over the next two weeks.