Lead Organisation: Regional Partnership Board
Survey of parents of 0-18 year olds in North Wales about how best to support their children’s emotional health and well-being.
The Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme has developed a framework to support children’s emotional health, well-being and resilience. To support this work they commissioned a survey of parents of 8 to 11 year olds to find out more about the support they need. This was a pilot survey which was then rolled out to the other age groups. The survey asked questions about the ‘Five ways to well-being’ which are; connect, be active, take notice, give and keep learning.
There were 5517 responses from across North Wales. The survey found that:
The top 3 types of support parents/carers would like were: school nurse/GP, website/podcast and
school-based – this was consistent across all ages ranges.
The top 3 places parents/carers would contact for support were: family/friends, healthcare services and school – this was consistent across all ages ranges.
78% of parent/carers would use or encourage their child to use a digital resource. Parent/carers of ages 0-3 were least likely to use or encourage a digital resource (69%) and parent/carers of ages 8-11 were most likely to use or encourage a digital resource (87%).
80% of parents/carers were happy/very happy with their child’s well-being.
From the 5 ways to wellbeing parents/carers of children age 0-11 felt their child was most likely to ‘be active’ and age 12-18 were most likely to ‘give’.
From the 5 ways to wellbeing parents/carers of children age 0-3 felt ‘giving’ was least important to their child, age 4-15 ‘take Notice’ was least important and age 16-18 ‘be active’ was least important.
Parents/carers of children age 0-7 felt most confident supporting their child to ‘be active’, age 8-15 were most confident with ‘give’ and age 16-18 were most confident supporting with ‘keep learning’.
Parents/carers felt least confident supporting their child with; bullying (ages 0-7), loss/separation (ages 8-11) and anxiety (ages 12-18).
33% of Parents/Carers had additional well-being concerns about their child.*
Socialising/friendships was a concern expressed by parents/carers of all age groups. The top concern for parents/carers of age 0-7 was socialising/friendships (6%) and for parents/carers of age 12-18 was school/education (11%).
Parent/carer concerns around a digital resource were; screen time, preferring other methods, content, and efficacy. Age was a concern for parents/carers of children age 0-7.*
33% of parent/carers were aware of support/forums/resources.*
*Data for ages 8-11 was not available for this statistic