All pupils in P5-S4 within the Scottish local authority areas participating will be asked to complete the surveys. The information from the surveys will enable communities to make better-informed decisions about the services for children.

The P5-S4 survey is an online survey completed privately online. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete for the primary survey and 25 for the secondary. The results from the survey will be brought together with other local authority information and this will then be used to improve services in your local area. This is called data linkage.

The secondary school survey will take place between November 2016 and March 2017. The primary school survey will take place between January and March 2017.

Schools will be encouraged to follow up with these pupils to ask them to complete the survey on a different date.

No. Taking part is entirely voluntary. If you give permission for your child to take part, they do not have to answer all the questions and they can stop at any point in the questionnaire if they do not wish to continue. You may not wish your child to take part in the survey. There will be an information letter with an opt out slip to complete and return to the school if you do not want your child to take part.

The survey is part of a wider programme designed to improve services for children and to make your local area a better place for children to grow up.

No one from the school will see their answers and they won’t be asked to type their name or school’s name into the survey. The survey answers are transmitted electronically straight from the computer to the survey contractors. Your child will be allocated a login number (this is called a unique identifier) to allow the data linkage to be secure and confidential. This unique identifier is replaced by a number of other anonymous ideas to ensure the data remains secure. All the information from the survey will always be confidential and secure (this means nobody outside the study team will be able to see it) and it will be impossible to identify anybody from the published results.

There is particular interest in looking at the child’s health and wellbeing. Basic analysis within each area will be provided by ScotCen Social Research – the contractor for the primary school survey. As part of the Realigning Children’s Services programme, participating Community Planning Partnerships will also be given wider guidance and support in interpreting and using the survey data. This will focus, in particular, on the limits of the data in terms of sample and sub-sample sizes.

Data will be deposited in the UK Data Archive. It is then publicly available via specific access requests and agreements about data use. It will adhere to best practice principles on data analysis and data protection with regard to not making variables/sub groups of less than 10 available.

RCS takes its responsibility to keep personal information secure very seriously.  As part of our commitment to the security of your information, ScotCen Social Research and Ipsos MORI (for Tranche 1) both have regular internal and external audits of their information security and are accredited by the International Standard for Information Security, ISO 27001:2005.

Results for Tranche 2 will be published towards the end of 2017. CPPs will receive and overall wellbeing report and schools will also receive individual reports.

If you have any further questions you can go to the contacts page on this website for details of the person to get in touch with.