The survey provides robust information on the health and well-being of young people in Wales.
The survey is carried out by the School Health Research Network (SHRN), which is a partnership between Welsh Government; Public Health Wales; Cancer Research UK; the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD); and Cardiff University.
Students in maintained, mainstream secondary schools in Wales complete the bilingual, electronic Student Health and Well-being Survey every two years. The survey is combined with a School Environment Questionnaire, which all schools complete on their health policies and practices.
The survey is based on the World Health Organization’s cross-national Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, in which Wales has taken part since 1985.