Public Health and Health and Wellbeing Boards

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

Professionals in Public Health, including Health and Wellbeing Boards, 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, results are used to inform
programme and service planning.

Authorities and SHEU surveys

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 and work on the JSNA

Schools continue to be important settings for health promotion and prevention and play their part in local strategies for health improvement including their wider role in promoting pupil wellbeing. SHEU's unique relationship with schools ensures the data we collect reflects national and local issues and provides a focus for health programme planning in schools and the wider community. 

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

Topics in the example report include:

  • Citizenship
  • Drugs Alcohol & Tobacco
  • Emotional Health and Well-being
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Safety
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Hygiene
  • Use of Medical Services

More examples of how our work has been used can be found here

Schools have been involved in our work since 1977 and they currently receive a comprehensive set of data and a comparative report about their own pupils.

This proves to be a valuable resource for curriculum planning and Healthy School initiatives.

Joint commissioning bodies often fund our work and include those working in the many agencies and organisations that support children and young people.

Repeat survey strategies provide further information as to the changing nature of the needs of the local population.

For more details, please contact Angela Balding
Tel. 01392 667272

Other useful services: Data Collection and Evaluation and Monitoring



Comments about SHEU

"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

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

"...the most comprehensive health education survey."

Daily Telegraph

 “The (SHEU survey) helped us to prioritise where we needed to be in terms of PSHE education. We delivered assemblies based on the evidence as well as curriculum development, and dealt with whole school issues – particularly in regard to pastoral care. The answers received to the question on the survey “Who are you most likely to approach if you needed help” worried staff as “teacher” was not a popular answer. Subsequently the staff asked themselves why this had happened and what needed to be done to address the issue. There was more emphasis on wider aspects of PSHE education delivery, which needed more attention.

To summarise, the (SHEU survey) allows the PSHE department to assess the impact of teaching and learning and modify future lessons accordingly. It allows our school to look at whole school issues such as the extent to which the pastoral care system is meeting the needs of our pupils. It helps us to do need analysis of our pupils. It helps to provide important evidence for SEF / the extent to which we are meeting wellbeing indicators / National Healthy School standards.”  

Secondary School Head

"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

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

...Many thanks for all your work with this year’s survey. It’s already proving to be invaluable especially against the severe cuts in services that are looming.

Health Promotion Manager

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

Class teacher

(Our) Senior team were very enthused with the rich source of data provided within the reports (and thought that the analyses including within the appendices section of the main reports were really interesting).

Health Improvement Specialist (Children, Schools and Families)

"We are planning next year's programmes around this information." Health Education Adviser

Health Education Adviser