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

"I very much value the contribution the Health Related Behaviour Survey has made to the public health agenda and feel confident it will continue to do so." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"One year (following the SHEU survey) responses from our Year 4 cohort caused us concern, so we put in place a number of team building, motivational projects. We then assessed their effectiveness by requesting the SHEU questionnaires for these pupils as Year 5's."

Learning Mentor

"Brilliant - thank you Angela. As always you and your team are so proficient at getting our requests dealt with so promptly - it is a real pleasure to work with such a great organisation."

Health Improvement Adviser

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

Class teacher

"This week I have been working on a major strategy for service design -- it is easy to get solely focussed on hospitals, performance targets, and work force planning -- all very important; but at the same the needs of young people and how we need to work across agencies to address the health needs of today and tomorrow must be recognised. SHEU is founded to do just this."

PCT Performance Manager

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." OFSTED 1998


"We would like to take part in the next ECM survey. We have found the data produced invaluable for supporting evidence in our SEF etc."

School Vice Principal

I think the HRBQ is an absolutely wonderful, informative tool and I am keen to really encourage schools/other relevant partners (as appropriate) to utilise this invaluable data to encourage voice of the child, and subsequently contribute to shaping priorities and services.

Senior Health Improvement Practitioner (Children and Young People)

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

Health Development Agency

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        

Deputy Head, Secondary School