This is a unique follow-up study looking at the health and well-being of children and young people in England in 2021. There have been a number of national studies of children and young people’s health and well-being. The last face-to-face one was carried out in 2017 and involved over 9,000 children and young people. In 2020 we conducted a follow-up study and we are now conducting another.Back to table of contents
The information collected from these studies has been used to:
- build a picture of the health and well-being of children and young people in England
- provide England's best information source of how children and young people's health and well-being is changing over time
- understand how children and young people are being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The Office for National Statistics is carrying out the study alongside the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the University of Cambridge. We are conducting the study on behalf of NHS Digital, with funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
NHS Digital is a public body and is the national provider of information, statistics, data and IT systems for health and social care in England. NHS Digital works in partnership with the NHS and other national organisations to help make decisions to improve people's care and well-being.Back to table of contents
Your answers will provide vital information about the health and well-being of children and young people and what has changed since they last took part in the study.
By taking part you will help the NHS, policy-makers and charities make the right decisions about important issues that affect the health and well-being of children and young people. The results from the studies have already provided valuable data that have informed researchers about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children and young people. We are now conducting this follow-up study to further our understanding as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.Back to table of contents
Taking part is entirely voluntary and if you do decide to take part, you can choose to answer as many or as few questions as you like. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw from the study.
We rely on the voluntary co-operation and goodwill of those who are selected to make the study a success.Back to table of contents
This follow-up study involves a short questionnaire. You will receive a letter in the post with instructions on how to access the questionnaire online.
You can access the online questionnaire at a website hosted by our partners, NatCen Social Research.
The letter will include your unique code to access the questionnaire.
If you cannot complete the questionnaire online, then an interviewer from NatCen Social Research may call you to see if you would like to take part over the phone.
Before taking part, please read the information leaflet that you received in the post. This contains all the information about the study. If you are a parent or young person aged between 17 and 23 years and did not receive the information leaflet, you can read it on NatCen’s website.
If you are a child aged between 11 and 16 years and did not receive your information leaflet, you can read it on this part of NatCen’s website.Back to table of contents
If you are a parent or carer, the questionnaire asks a range of things about your child. These include general health and well-being. There are also questions about your current circumstances and life experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, as we know that parents and carers play such an important part in a child's life.
Ideally, we would like the adult who took part in 2017, or the adult who took part in the follow up study last year, to take part again, although this is not essential.
If you are aged between 11 and 16 years at the 31 August 2021, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire after your parent or carer has completed theirs. This asks about your health and well-being, as well as your contact with family and friends, feelings about your body and eating, and your experiences and thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you are aged between 17 and 23 years, the questionnaire asks about your health and well-being, feelings about your body and eating, as well as your current circumstances and your experiences and thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic.
For parents, carers and young people aged between 17 and 23 years, the questionnaire will take around 20 minutes to complete. If you are aged between 11 and 16 years, the questionnaire will take around 10 minutes to complete.Back to table of contents
Each household will receive a £10 shopping voucher that can be used in a range of high street and online shops, to say thank you for completing the study.Back to table of contents
You have been selected because your household took part in the National Study of Health and Well-being: Children and Young People 2017, and possibly the follow-up study last year, and someone in your household said that you would be happy to be re-contacted about any future studies.Back to table of contents
It should only take 20 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted and need to exit the questionnaire then you will be able to return to where you left off. The questionnaire will be saved automatically, so you can close your internet browser and return to complete it at a more convenient time. To regain access to the questionnaire, just go to the link that is in your letter and you will return to where you left off.Back to table of contents
To protect the confidentiality of your answers, the questionnaire is closed down if it is left for a period of time. Your answers will have been saved so you can log back in by clicking on the link we sent you in the email.Back to table of contents
Thank you for taking part! It might be that you completed the questionnaire after we had checked our records. We apologise, but we will have safely received your answers.Back to table of contents
Yes. Any information given will be treated in confidence and we will handle your data in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and as directed by the Code of Practice for Statistics. The data will be used for statistical and research purposes only and nothing we publish will identify you or your household.
In the future, ONS, NatCen or NHS Digital may want to contact you about follow-up research on mental health and wellbeing. We will only invite you to take part in follow-up research if you give consent for this. We will not pass on any of your details without your permission. If you are invited to take part in any future studies, you will be free to refuse if you do not want to take part.Back to table of contents
Data collected will be held by NatCen Social Research, the Office for National Statistics and NHS Digital. The answers you give will be put together with the answers collected from thousands of other people across England, analysed anonymously and published in a report that will be freely available.
An anonymised report on the findings from the follow-up study last year was published in October 2020 and you can read about the findings on the NHS Digital website.
A link to the report from this follow-up study will be published on NatCen's website when it is available.
The results will be used by the NHS, policy-makers and charities to understand more about the health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The data we collect as part of the study are also useful to other people. A copy of the study dataset, which does not include information that could directly identify you, is made. Your name, date of birth, address and contact details will be removed from the study dataset. Researchers and analysts can apply to use the data for research and statistical purposes and applicants will need to meet strict data governance standards.Back to table of contents
The study has been looked at by an independent group of people called a Research Ethics Committee. This study has been reviewed and approved by the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee.Back to table of contents
If you have any queries about taking part in the study, please contact us on +44 (0)800 298 5313. The opening times for the phone line are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm