Good Practice

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing

Plymouth City Council A number of reports were produced following the 2014 Plymouth Schools Health Related Behaviour survey as part of Pymouth’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Plymouth
Guernsey Education/Health Departments Over the past twenty years the Education Department and the Health and Social Services Department have worked with the School's Health Education Unit (SHEU) to develop a profile of young people in Guernsey. Guernsey
Ealing Borough Council In 2013 the sixth Ealing HRBS took place. It gives a detailed overview of the health, well-being and behaviour choices of children and young people across Ealing. Ealing
Sunderland Council Drinking alcohol among school-age children has seen a steady decline in Sunderland over the last 14 years. Sunderland
Essex Schools Health Education Unit Survey The well-being survey is now in its seventh year and is building a good knowledge of trends on the well-being of children and young people in Essex. Essex
North Yorkshire "Growing up in North Yorkshire" Survey A countywide survey of school pupils known as the Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey is undertaken on a biennial basis. This important survey captures reliable information about the lifestyles of over 15,000 children and young people in North Yorkshire.  North Yorkshire

See also SHEU & JSNA

Hertfordshire County Council Health Related Behaviour Survey to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 2012
Cambridgeshire Healthy Schools The Cambridgeshire Enhanced Healthy Schools Programme Cambridgeshire Enhanced
NHS East Sussex and East Sussex County Council Supporting the health of young people in East Sussex East Sussex 2012
Gateshead Survey A total of 2075 pupils took part in 29 primary schools and 6 secondary schools Gateshead
Bristol Bristol Every Child Matters Survey Bristol
Wakefield District Public Health team Childrens survey HRBQ profiles Wakefield
North Yorkshire Every Child Matters - Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire The survey is wide ranging and takes in the views of 16,000 children and young people. The survey reports are disseminated to schools, the Children and Young People's Service and the Children's Trust, on a bi-annual basis since 2006. North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Children and Young People's Service An article, from the journal Education and Health, about the N.Yorks. Every Child Matters - Health Related Behaviour survey North Yorkshire ECM survey
Bath & NE Somerset SHEU Health Behaviour Questionnaire BaNES 2011
Newcastle City Council & NHS North of Tyne Young people in Newcastle: A focus on Smoking Newcastle 2011
Guernsey Parents and Carers Survey 2011 It was the first survey of parents and carers to be undertaken in the Channel Islands on the role of parents Guernsey 2011
Hertfordshire Children's Trust & Healthy Schools Every Child Matters in Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 2010
Milton Keynes In 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, Milton Keynes secondary schools took part and were provided with their own confidential reports about their pupils’ health and wellbeing. Milton Keynes
Cumbria Children's Services and Public Health The Health Related Behavioural Survey work was commissioned by Cumbria Children's Services and Public Health, NHS Cumbria as a way of collecting robust information about young people's knowledge, attitudes and behaviours as well as sources of information and support. Cumbria
Sunderland Young People Survey 2010 Over 3000 young people aged 8 to 15 were involved in the survey Sunderland 2010
Healthy Schools Cornwall Healthy Schools Plus and the Healthy Schools enhancement model survey Healthy Schools Cornwall
NHS Knowlsey and Children and Young People's
Supporting the Health of Young People in Knowsley Knowsley 2010
Dudley Young People's Lifestyle Survey National Indicators and Health Related Behaviour Survey National Indicators pdf
Guernsey Young People's Survey 2010 1500 pupils in Years 6, 8, 10&12 answered 100 questions on behaviour, views and attitudes to life in Guernsey Guernsey 2010
NHS Bradford and Airedale & Bradford MBC Health and Lifestyle Survey for Children and Young People Bradford 2010
Lewisham Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire Lewisham 2010
East Sussex PSHE & Healthy Schools Team Health Related Behaviour Survey and reports East Sussex report 2008
Worcestershire County Council School survey in 2004 2007 and 2009 SHEU survey
The Association of Public Health Observatories
SHEU contributed research Indications of Public Health in the English Regions - Alcohol
Stonewall - The School Report SHEU hosted on online survey and collated the results



Herefordshire County Council Young People's Health and Lifestyle Survey




Ofsted commissioned SHEU to provide research evidence from its behavioural surveys for this new report: 'Time for Change? Personal, social and health education'
Health Protection Agency and the Association of Public Health Observatories
Report: Indications of Public Health in the English Regions. 6: Sexual Health
SHEU provided unique data relating to 30,381 pupils aged 14-15 years old Sexual Health
Extracts from report
National Healthy School Standard
Evaluation of the impact of the NHSS by NFER and TCRU on behalf of the DH and DfES
"The most fruitful of the pupil databases explored was that derived from responses to the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ)" Evaluation of NHSS
Extracts from report
Healthy Schools Partnerships: Making a difference
A North West briefing paper
Comparison of 9000 pupils' replies to SHEU survey Website no longer available
Kirklees Healthy College Scheme
pdf extract with thanks to FEnow, The Independent and the Association of Colleges
Source of data from Students Health Education Unit surveys FEnow
Ofsted Source of data from 'Young People in 2004' for Ofsted's 2005 report Drug Education in Schools
East Midlands Public Health Observatory
Patterns of physical activity in the East Midlands population
The report identifies the work carried out by SHEU in schools in the East Midlands. Physical Activity Report
Ofsted Research for 'Sex and relationships education in schools' report Sex and Relationships
Education in Schools
National Healthy School Standard Dudley ‘Lifestyle Survey’ using HRBQ School Nursing p. 36
Case Study
South West Public Health Observatory The report used data on nearly 40,000 pupils from 1986-2000 in the South West. Smoking in the South West of England
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health & Education Partnerships Many years of HRBQ surveys illustrated by this newsletter WellConnected
Walsall Health Authority HRBQ school survey data informing preventative health strategies 2002 Annual Report p. 24-28 Growing up in Walsall
Education and Health
is a journal published by SHEU since 1983
HRBQ used in Solihull, Camelford, Hartlepool and Basildon to help work towards the NHSS Education and Health
Hertfordshire CC Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board Hertfordshire Sex and Relationships Survey Hertfordshire 2006



Comments about SHEU

"We have never consulted our young people like this before. The survey makes a great contribution to our 'best value' planning." Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officer

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

I would be extremely interested to see the results as I know how useful this information has been to the other schools in the


Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

Assistant Principal

"The service you provide is of national significance." Health Development Agency

Health Development Agency

Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty? No problems. My children were fully briefed before the survey and they understood that they could miss questions if they did not want to answer them. We did not have any children with any concerns regarding the survey at all.

Any comments on the use of the web site? No it was easy to use.

Any general comments on the exercise? The children really enjoyed completing the survey, It has lead to many positive discussions about our health and how we all have slightly different experiences and home lives.

Class teacher

"Many thanks for a major contribution to the health of children in the UK and elsewhere over many years and putting in place the continuation of the Unit." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"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

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

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

Class teacher