Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey: Information for pupils
What is the study about?
The survey is about young people’s experiences of smoking, drinking and taking drugs, and how they make choices about them. It has run nearly every year since 1982. The research company, Ipsos MORI, is running the survey for NHS Digital: https://digital.nhs.uk. The Department of Health and Social Care funds the survey.
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 head teacher agreed for your school to take part, and your class was chosen at random. You were not selected for any particular reason.
Will anyone see my answers?
We don’t ask you to put your name on the questionnaire, so no one will know what answers you have given. The responses of more than 10,000 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 Digital 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?
Ipsos MORI will send a researcher to hand out the questionnaires in one of your lessons. They will explain to you what the survey is about and how to fill in the questionnaire. They will also check that you are happy to take part. The survey takes about 40 minutes to fill in.
What happens if I do not want to take part?
If there are any questions you don’t want to answer, you can skip past them and leave the question blank. If you do not want to take part in the survey, your teacher will arrange another activity for you to do.
What happens to the findings?
The findings from the survey will be written up in a report, which will be published on the NHS Digital website in summer 2022. The results will be anonymous. No-one looking at the data or reports will know which pupils or schools have taken part. Your teacher will be sent a short report showing how the answers from pupils in your school compare to other schools nationally. The report will show the answers and percentages across all the pupils taking part in your school, so it won’t be possible to tell which answers have been given by any individual pupil.
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, 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 questionnaire.
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 have any questions, please contact the Ipsos MORI survey team by email at SDDsurvey@ipsos.com, or call 020 3059 5318. 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 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 MORI by email at SDDsurvey@ipsos.com, or call 020 3059 5318.
Some of the ways we protect the people taking part in the study are:
- The researchers will delete the names of the schools and class groups taking part in the study within three months after the end of the project. We keep these details until we have published the final report and data from all the schools taking part in the research.
- Pupils do not write their names on the questionnaires, so the research team and the people using the data will never know who has taken part in the research.
- The answers pupils give on their questionnaires will only be used for research.
- We follow the rules of the Market Research Society. These rules aim to protect the people taking part in research studies, and to make sure they are treated fairly. You can contact the Market Research Society or the Information Commissioner’s Office if you want to complain about the research.
Where can I get help or advice about any of the topics in the survey?
If you are worried about anything in the survey, please talk to an adult you trust such as your parent(s) or a teacher. If you don’t have anyone you can speak to, the sources below may be useful.
TALK TO FRANK: 0300 123 6600
Free confidential advice on drugs and alcohol. You can email, text (on 82111), phone FRANK for free, or get advice via webchat at www.talktofrank.com.
CHILDLINE: 0800 11 11
A confidential and free helpline which will not appear on a phone bill. You can also go online for a 1-2-1 instant messenger chat with someone who is there to listen and support you at www.childline.org.uk.