Drug Action Teams

"The most effective way of reducing the harm drugs cause is to persuade all potential drug users, but particularly the young, not to use drugs." - National Drug Strategy

Useful to 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.


SHEU survey services for Drug Action Teams are described in the flyer 'How are surveys can help you' - DATflyer.
You can read about our Secondary School Survey Service in a web page...
and see pdf examples of resulting reports for DATs --- Report 1 and Report 2.
Clink this link for the Self Evaluation Form Secondary School Evidence from SHEU Survey

Strategic partnerships

DAT Coordinators are effectively sharing resources by working closely with their Healthy Schools partners and others to collect information useful to all. The questionnaire can be used by a number of strategic partnerships to support Every Child Matters work and Choosing Health Targets. The use of our wider Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire allows for an analysis of the connections between behaviours. Is high self-esteem, for example, likely to help young people avoid drugs?

Latest data

    * SHEU's latest 'Young People into...' data
    * The SHEU Trends data on Illegal Drugs
    * Dr David Regis has presented data to the Drug Education Forum (7 slides)
    * SHEU also provides a free, monthly Research News resource (including Drugs -- see the archive)
    * "Street-wise? Substance use in town and country as reported by young people" Article by Dr Regis in Education and Health 28:1, 2010

Drugs Education monitoring studies

SHEU has been involved in Drugs Education Monitoring Studies with tailor made questionnaires to suit local needs. A leaflet for DPAS & Drug Action Teams

SHEU also provides EVERY CHILD MATTERS surveys and services for evaluation and monitoring and data collection and analysis.

For further details please contact
Dr David Regis
Tel:01392 667272


Comments about SHEU

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

I've just spent a really interesting half an hour reading through our ...survey (report). Always food for thought and a good way to look at how we can improve.


"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"SHEU data proved the best source of the kind of information we were looking for (...) to provide research support to the National Healthy Schools Programme." 

Department of Health

"Just to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in helping us with the Health survey amongst pupils. It has provided us with significant data which will be used across the school to help us improve. It helped us to obtain a healthy schools standard as well. I hope we can make this an annual feature as we can track the changing health of our pupils." Headteacher


"I would like to say that this survey was very useful and made me realise things about PE and health that I had never realised before......Food at school is groovy, especially if your school does Jamie Olivers School Dinners. Viva apples and thanks for the survey." Female pupil, 13 yrs old

Female pupil, 13yrs

"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher


My school took part in the Health Survey last year and found it incredibly beneficial. It has been an invaluable tool for planning our PSHE/well being provision and actioning our school development plan.

Primary School Wellbeing Lead

"You have made a fantastic contribution to children’s health education and promotion. I am personally grateful to you for helping to kickstart my research career." Prof. Neil Armstrong tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Prof Neil Armstrong

"Every school involved in the National Healthy School programme should start with an HRBQ survey." Health Education Co-ordinator

Health Education Co-ordinator