Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey

Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey: Information for pupils

What is the study about?

This survey asks about your experiences of smoking, drinking and drugs. The National Health Service (NHS), charities and Government will use the answers to help young people like you. The survey will take place in the autumn term 2023 and will involve over 200 schools.

Why is it important to take part?

Your help is really valuable in making sure we understand the lives of all young people. The results of the survey are used by the NHS, charities and Government, so they can make the right decisions about how to help young people.

Why was I selected to take part?

Your headteacher agreed for your school to take part and your class was chosen at random. All pupils in your class will complete the same survey.

Will anyone see my answers?

We don’t ask you to put your name on the survey, so no one will know what answers you have given. The responses of more than 12,000 people who answer the survey will be combined together. Only anonymous data will be reported, and it will not be possible to identify any schools or pupils. The data will be held by NHS England and added to the UK Data Service, which is a website that holds data for hundreds of the UK’s most important research studies. Researchers will be able to look at the data, but they will not be able to identify which schools or pupils have taken part in the study.

How will the survey work?

The survey will be completed in a class slot in either an IT classroom or on tablets/laptops (not on a mobile device) in exam conditions. Your classroom teacher will explain to you what the survey is about and how to fill in the survey.

What happens if I do not want to take part?

It is helpful to have your answers, but you don’t have to take part! Just tell your teacher if you do not want to do the survey. If you take part but don’t want to answer all the questions, you can simply skip past any questions and choose the “Prefer not to say” option that is offered.

What happens to the findings?

The findings from the survey will be written up in a national statistics report, which is planned to be published on the NHS England website in Summer 2024. The survey is anonymous, no identifiable information about the pupil is collected. Pupils’ answers will be combined, and only anonymous data will be reported. The publication will not identify your individual responses. The results will be presented in statistical reports and tables including breakdowns by age, gender and ethnicity.

A data file containing the anonymous survey answers will be added to the UK Data Service Portal, which holds data for hundreds of the UK’s most important research studies. Researchers will be able to request access to the data but will not be able to identify which schools or pupils have taken part in the study.

Previous national level results can be found here: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/smoking-drinking-and-drug-use-among-young-people-in-england.

What are the questions about?

The questions in the survey ask for some information about you such as your age and gender, including your ethnicity. They also ask about your experience and attitudes towards smoking (including vaping), drinking and drug use. The survey is completely voluntary: you will be provided with information about the survey and given an opportunity to withdraw from taking part before you are asked to complete the survey.

Is taking part compulsory?

No. Taking part is completely voluntary. Your help is really valuable in making sure we understand the lives of all young people. The results of the survey are used by the NHS, charities and Government, so they can make the right decisions about how to help young people.

How can I find out more about the survey?

If you or your parents/carer have any questions, please contact the Ipsos survey team by email at SDDsurvey@ipsosresearch.com, or call on 080 8101 2066.

You can also visit: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/smoking-drinking-and-drug-use-among-young-people-in-england for more information about the survey, how the data are used and what happens to the findings.

Data protection and confidentiality

The research team follows rules which protect the people taking part in the study. The study is voluntary - it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part. If you would like more information before deciding whether to take part, please ask your teacher or the Ipsos researcher.  You can also contact Ipsos by email at SDDsurvey@ipsosresearch.com, or call on 080 8101 2066.

Some of the ways we protect the people taking part in the study are: