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The Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People 2016 - consultation on survey content

Thank you for your interest in this consultation. The consultation about content of the survey has now closed.

The consultation report is available to download.

“Thank you very much for replying and telling us about what information you would like from this survey. This report describes what everyone told us.  Changes to the questionnaire and new questions will be tested over the next few months, including questions about online activity, social media and cyber bullying.”

Alison Neave, Surveys Team, Health and Social Care Information Centre

What we consulted on

We invited stakeholders to share their views on:

  • Which existing areas the survey should continue to cover;
  • Whether there are new question areas that should be included;
  • Where new question areas are suggested, which areas these should replace in the survey. 

Background to the consultation

NatCen Social Research and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have been commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to carry out the Survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) 2016.

This will be the first survey of children and young people to focus on their mental health since 2004. The survey will provide data on the prevalence of mental illness among children and young people in England and Scotland and collect robust data on a range of topics relating to the mental health of these groups. It will be similar to the 2004 survey and will collect information from children and young people and from their parents and teachers.

You can find out more information about the 2004 survey and view copies of the questionnaires here http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB06116 

For a short summary of the survey including the content included in 2004, please see here.

The majority of the survey content will remain the same as it was in 2004 so that we can measure how things have changed over time. There is no scope to extend the length of the survey but there is some scope to change a small amount of the survey to collect information on new areas. 

Find out more  

If you have any questions about the consultation you can email us on MHCYP@natcen.ac.uk.