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Key findings 6. The effectiveness of care, support and guidance

Part of South Gloucestershire’s Online Pupil Survey Survey aim was to gather views from our young people on the support and guidance that they had obtained or sought on areas that mattered to them. The findings are important for schools and all agencies to review how effective the care and support is that they currently provide to our young people, and to help identify areas where improvements are needed in the future.

6.1.  Secondary pupils and year 12 young people were asked who they were most likely to go to for further help and advice when they are unhappy about a personal issue. Family were the main source of support and guidance, but again as pupils got older, friends became the main people they would go to (56% by year 12). Parents, siblings and other family members however still remained key for older pupils (49% in year 12). 34% of year 12 and 25% of secondary phase reported they had no-one to go to for advice.

6.2.  Secondary pupils and year 12 young people were asked who they were most likely to go to for further help and advice about contraception/ not getting pregnant or preventing STI’s. Again, as with more general personal issues as pupils got older, friends became the main people they would go to for further help or advice about sex and relationships. Parents, siblings and other family members also remained key sources of guidance for older pupils. 23% of both year 12 and secondary phase reported they had no-one to go to for advice.

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