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New teenage health and wellbeing survey trialled

Operational note: 29 October, 2013: Around 7,000 teenagers will this week receive questionnaires in a trial of a new national survey on their health and wellbeing.

The "What about YOUth?" survey is aimed at 15-year-olds and will examine topics such as smoking, emotional well-being, diet and physical activity, drugs, alcohol and bullying.

The trial will scope the feasibility of a potential full-scale survey with responses from 150,000 teenagers next year.

If this goes ahead it would become part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's range of statistics and would provide valuable information on the health and wellbeing of teenagers. This data will help a range of agencies and professionals who work with young people to understand their needs better. Because of the large scale of the proposed survey, results could be broken down to a local level.

The survey has been commissioned by the Department of Health and is being carried out by Ipsos MORI.

Parents and teenagers can find out more at:


1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Ipsos MORI - Ipsos MORI is a research organisation that is carrying out the What About Youth? study on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Ipsos MORI carries out lots of research with young people, with many different organisations. More information about Ipsos MORI can be found on their website

3. For media enquiries about HSCIC please contact the press office on 0845 257 6990 or

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