The findings of a regular survey designed to help schools, local services and other organisations improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people have been published.

The Health Related Behaviour Survey, commissioned by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health Team, asks questions about the behaviour and attitude of children and young people across a range of themes, such as physical activity, food, bullying, emotional wellbeing and safety. 

Nearly 8,000 pupils from 58 schools and other settings took place this year, with age appropriate surveys for children in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, secondary school and sixth form or college, and adapted questionnaires for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Surveys were anonymous and carried out online in schools and other educational settings. Each school was subsequently provided with a bespoke report which shows how they compare to the city average.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Now more than ever, it is vitally important for us to understand the views and experiences of our children and young people to ensure they live healthily and can thrive.

"We encourage schools and other local services to use the results of the survey to identify need and priorities to help improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Wolverhampton. 

"It can give them a baseline to measure progress for any initiatives that they put in place and help to inform curriculum planning and in developing whole school approaches to themes such as physical activity, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing.

"We will also use the survey data to work collaboratively with schools and our wider partners to impact on the key challenges we have in our city and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. Through the trend data available from previous surveys, we are able to measure the impact that any interventions may be having on their wellbeing."

She added: "This is the ninth time that the survey has run in Wolverhampton, and its continued success and longevity is very much down to the strong partnerships that we have in our city."

There are Health Related Behaviour Survey reports focusing on 5 thematic areas - Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Lifestyles, Relationships and Sexual Health, Smoking and other substances, and Safety (including bullying). They are available within the downloads section at Health and wellbeing.