What Realigning Children’s Services (RCS) means for parents and pupils

All Pupils in primary classes 5 to 7, and secondary classes 1 to 4 in the participating local authorities, are invited to take part in a survey about their health and wellbeing.

The surveys are administered online, in a classroom setting. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. Parents/carers and pupils are able to opt out ahead of the survey. Pupils are able to opt out at any time during the survey and/or skip any questions they do not wish to answer. The responses will be linked to local authority administrative data through a secure data linkage process.

The findings will help to understand the current needs , of children and young people. This will, in turn, help the Community Planning Partnership in which you live to plan future improvements to local services.

The RCS programme also asks the Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) to gather information on the services for children and families that are currently available locally. This information, linked together with the information on children’s wellbeing from the surveys, will then be used to improve the CPP’s future planning of services for children and their families.

Nobody will ever be able to use the surveys to identify individual children or their answers. The surveys will only ever be used to look at overall levels and patterns of wellbeing in order to help plan services.

The survey work is carried out by a two leading Scottish survey research organisations – ScotCen Social Research and Ipsos MORI.

The wellbeing surveys for both primary and secondary school pupils are available on this site, along with background information for parents/carers children and young people.

Further detail is available on the wellbeing surveys and Frequently Asked Questions pages.