We are encouraging teens to share lifestyle habits

We are going to be carrying out a survey of 13 and 14-year-olds so that a range of services provided by us and partner organisations can be shaped by young people themselves.

What are the aims of the survey?

It will gain valuable information about young people’s views and behaviours. Especially around aspects of their health and wellbeing, as they transition to the next stage of their teens – maintaining relationships, forming opinions and developing identities. We run and commission a number of services for children and young people in schools and across the local community. Feedback from the survey will influence future ways of working, making sure that the needs of young people continue to be placed at the heart of what we do.

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“The views of our young people are vitally important to us. Ensuring we seek out, and listen to, their collective voice will help with our priority of giving children the best start in life.
We are gathering honest feedback about individuals’ health and behaviours, and the support young people receive from school, home, peers and the wider community. I would strongly encourage every school to get involved because the greater the number of students taking part, the richer the insight will be. These first-hand nuggets of information will help to target services and shape our strategies.”

Why should schools take part?

Secondary schools across Kirklees can sign up to the online survey, which is for Year 9 students and will take place during the summer term 2019. It only takes around 20 minutes for each young person to answer the questions, and the survey can be completed in a single lesson during school time.
Students can opt out or skip questions if they wish and all the information is strictly anonymous so no young person can be identified. Schools taking part will receive a bespoke report about their pupils’ health and wellbeing, behaviours and perceptions of the local area, which will allow them to identify assets they can build on and opportunities for improvement.

More information

Information about the Kirklees Young People’s Survey, including a link to an animation detailing the findings from last year’s survey, along with contact details for signing up to the survey and a list of schools already signed up, can be found here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/KYPS2019

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