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Lifestyle Survey - Children and Young People in Bradford

A survey commissioned by NHS Bradford and Airedale revealed a wealth of information about the way children and young people live their lives in the Bradford district.

The data – which highlights significant health inequalities among different communities – will be used by Bradford Children's Trust to shape future services around the needs of children and young people and so improve their health and wellbeing.

This is the first time such a detailed ‘lifestyle’ survey of so many children and young people has been carried out. Over 10,000 pupils in three age groups – 8/9 years old (year 4), 11/12 (year 7) and 14/15 (year 10) – took part in the survey in a total of 117 primary schools and 24 secondary schools across the district, including three special schools and all pupil referral units.

This snapshot of pupils in the district shows some marked differences between young people of different ages: with a general increase in higher risk health behaviours and a decline in more positive behaviours as they moved from year 4 through year 7 to year 10. Most of the significant differences between groups emerged for year 10 children.

Some of the survey’s key findings include:

  • compared with an England sample, young people in Bradford were less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or have ever taken drugs
  • about a fifth of pupils said they had at least five portions of fruit and/or vegetables on the day before the survey
  • the vast majority of pupils in all year groups (86%) did at least some hard exercise during the week before the survey
  • 45% of pupils surveyed live in communities classified as the 20% most deprived in England
  • three-quarters of pupils had been to a dentist in the last six months
  • 17% of all year 10 pupils reported being bullied at or near school
  • 88% of pupils thought it was important to go to school
  • most year 10 pupils (63%) said they wanted to continue in full-time education

Each participating school received a report about the findings to help them identify their key health priorities, develop their school health plan, talk to pupils about the survey and carry out further health needs assessments.

The impact of the survey findings will be measured by monitoring the health and wellbeing of children and young people across the district.