National Data

National briefing papers

Youth smoking and vaping in Wales: Findings from the School Health Research Network 2019 Student Health and Wellbeing survey

October 2020

Tobacco remains a leading cause of death and disability, while concerns have been expressed regarding young people’s use of e-cigarettes and the risk that such use may act as a gateway to smoking or may renormalize tobacco use. This briefing presents recent data on smoking and vaping prevalence among 11-16 year olds in Wales.

Young People ‘Looked After’ in Wales: findings from the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey

January 2020

At any given time, approximately 6,000 young people in Wales are in the care of their local authority. This briefing presents findings for a small selection of variables, including wellbeing, risk behaviours, school life and loneliness, for young people ‘looked after’ in Wales who live in different types of care setting, with data from young people not in care for comparison.

Student Wellbeing in Wales: Initial findings from the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey

May 2019

Prevention of emotional and behavioural problems and promotion of positive wellbeing in children and young people, as well as reduction of child and adolescent health inequalities, are national priorities in Wales. This briefing presents findings for adolescents in Wales across a small selection of variables pertaining to wellbeing, including mental wellbeing, life satisfaction, feelings about school and loneliness.

National Reports

Student Health and Wellbeing In Wales: Report of the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey

The health and wellbeing of young people in Wales has been monitored by the World Health Organization’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey since 1985. The HBSC Survey is now incorporated into the School Health Research Network’s Student Health and Wellbeing Survey. In 2017/18 over 100,000 11 to 16 year olds took part in the survey and findings on general health and wellbeing, school life, family life and friendships, relationships, smoking, drinking and drug-taking, and gambling are presented in the National Report. The accompanying infograph summarizes findings on a selection of key variables pertinent to the public health outcomes framework for Wales.