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

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

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." Headteacher

"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

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

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

"We never make a move without looking at these excellent reports." Public Health Consultant

Public Health Consultant

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 Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC


"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

"Thanks for presenting the survey to local schools this morning, I just wanted to thank you for such interesting and thought-provoking information.  
I’m really glad we were able to take part - the information (particularly headline data and differences) will support us to have some really interesting questions with the Year group as a whole about the sense they’re making of this; what they think it might mean in terms of changes they might make, and what they need to support them in this."

Deputy Headteacher