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Introduction

The South Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Online Pupil Survey (OPS) is funded by the Public Health and Wellbeing Division of South Gloucestershire Council and carried out by an independent research company Foster and Brown Research Limited. The South Gloucestershire version of the survey is based on a similar survey that has been running in Gloucestershire biennially since 2006.  The survey took place from October 2014 to March 2015.

The aim of the OPS is to provide essential information for individual schools, South Gloucestershire Council and other stakeholders to find out how children and young people in South Gloucestershire behave and what they really think about a range of health-related issues.  Understanding the data will enable services to target resources more effectively in order to improve the health and wellbeing of our children and young people.

The survey is organised into six sections: healthy eating, physical activity, substances, citizenship, safety and relationships.  There are three versions of questionnaire; primary, secondary and Year 12/FE college pupils, plus a special version for children and young people with learning difficulties.  The questions cover a wide range of aspects of young people’s lives: lifestyles; learning experience; relationships; wellbeing; safety, aspirations and support requirements.

This report is a summary of findings from the OPS using data from 6,151 children and young people in schools and educational settings. These pupils came from 59 schools, colleges and other settings across South Gloucestershire (Appendix 1).   The report is structured around six themes that have major policy implications for South Gloucestershire Council and its partners in improving our young people’s health, wellbeing and future life chances:

  1. The extent to which pupils feel safe
  2. The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles
  3. Relationships and emotional wellbeing
  4. Citizenship and aspirations
  5. Self-harm
  6. The effectiveness of care, guidance and support

It’s intended the online survey will run every two years, allowing enough time between data gathering for analysis of results and planning of actions. Repeating the survey over several years will enable longitudinal tracking across a broad segment of the pupil population aged 8 to 18 (year groups 4, 5, 6 8, 10 and 12).