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Researchers looking for child participants in online survey on health and wellbeing

Researchers at Swansea University are looking to ask children age 8-11 to take part in an online questionnaire to understand more about their health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This work is part of the HAPPEN Primary School Network, which has been collecting the views and experiences of over 12,000 primary school child in order to work with schools to improve health and education.

HAPPEN is one of the research projects that sits under The National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), which is a pan-Wales project managed by Swansea University.

NCPHWR is funded by Health and Care Research Wales and brings together a world-class team of researchers, statisticians and data analysts from the universities of Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor alongside Public Health Wales to understand, evaluate and inform population health Improvements.

A free member network, HAPPEN currently engages with over 300 primary schools across Wales bringing together education, health and research in line with the new curriculum for health and wellbeing. The HAPPEN research team regularly survey schools to gain a better understanding of pupils’ physical, psychological, emotional and social health.

The new survey will ask about:

  • Physical activity
  • Wellbeing
  • Staying connected with friends, family and school

Michaela James, HAPPEN Research Lead, said: “During this time, we believe it is important to understand how changes in our normal routines are affecting the health and wellbeing of young people in Wales.
“The survey can be done online at home and only takes a few minutes to complete. Getting involved will help us see how children are experiencing this period of staying home and COVID-19.”

Professor Sinead Brophy, Director of The National Centre of Population Health & Wellbeing Research added: “We aim to gather information which will help us to see how children feel about staying home with family and how this impacts on children’s future health, wellbeing and education.”

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