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Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Surveys of parents, young people and schoolchildren in Luton

Written report

Linda Balodis, Account Manager

Because People Matter


Table of contents
Table of contents

Contents Page no.

Introduction 3

Staying safe 11

Health and fitness 18

Getting involved and having your say 26

Free time 29

Achieving 36

Growing up in Luton 56

Executive summary 64



Background
Background

  • The Children Act 2004 identified the need for a national framework for building services around the needs of young people and maximising their opportunities for health and development

  • Luton Borough Council and its partners wished to consult with young people and parents to understand their views and aspirations


Method 1
Method (1)

  • Surveys were conducted with children/young people aged 13 – 19 years and parents:

    • Questionnaires were also distributed across all 12 secondary schools in Luton (representing 7,258 pupils) and 4,881 questionnaires were returned (67% response rate)

    • 9,313 questionnaires were mailed to all 16–19 year olds living in Luton; 1,079 were returned (12% response rate)

    • 120 telephone interviews were completed among parents on the Luton Citizens’ Panel


Profile of school children unweighted
Profile of school children (unweighted)

  • The ages of school children were:

    • 32% 13 years

    • 36% 14 years

    • 28% 15 years

    • 4% 16 years

    • <1% 17 years

  • 42% were from BME communities

    • (with 14% of Pakistani, 6% of Bangladeshi and 5% of Kashmiri origin)

  • 49% were male and 51% female (of those who answered the question)

  • 16% had a disability


Profile of young people unweighted
Profile of young people (unweighted)

  • The ages of young people were:

    • 38% 16 years

    • 31% 17 years

    • 18% 18 years

    • 14% 19 years

  • 44% were of from BME communities

    • (with 12% of Pakistani and 4% of Indian origin)

  • 35% were male and 65% female

  • 82% were in education/training (full or part time)

  • 10% had a disability


Profile of parents unweighted
Profile of parents (unweighted)

  • Parents had children of a range of ages:

    • 40% with 0 – 7 year olds

    • 59% with 8 – 14 year olds

    • 38% with 15 – 18 year olds

  • 14% of parents were from BME communities

  • 14% of parents personally had a disability

  • 11% had children with a disability


Method 2
Method (2)

  • School data was weighted by the population in each school year

  • Young people’s data was weighted by age, gender and ethnicity from the Census

  • Only weighted data is shown for school children and young people in the report

  • Parents’ data is broadly representative, so unweighted

  • All fieldwork took place in October and November 2005




Perception of safety at school
Perception of safety at school

School Children (4881)

Parents (120)

Unweighted base: All respondents


Perception of safety outside school out and about
Perception of safety outside school/out and about

Unweighted base: All respondents




Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What ONE thing would make you/children feel safer in Luton? % saying more/better policing

Unweighted base: All respondents School children (4881); Young people (1079); Parents (120)


Health and fitness
Health and fitness % saying more/better policing


Thinking about your own your child s health and fitness how worried are you about the following 1
Thinking about your own/your child’s health and fitness, how worried are you about the following? (1)

% very worried

Unweighted base: All respondents


Thinking about your own your child s health and fitness how worried are you about the following 2
Thinking about your own/your child’s health and fitness, how worried are you about the following? (2)

% very worried

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Have you asked any of the people in the list below for help or advice about any health issues in the last 12 months?

Unweighted base: All respondents


How would you rate your child s overall health for someone their age
How would you rate your/child’s overall health for someone their age?

School Children

Young People

Parents

0%

Unweighted base: School children (4881); Young people (1079); Parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What, if anything, would you like to see improve for your health and fitness?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What, if anything, would you like to see improve for your child’s health and fitness?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Getting involved and having your say
Getting involved and having your say child’s health and fitness?


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Which of the following, if any, have you done in the last 12 months?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

How would you/your children most like to have your/their say about the issues that affect you/them?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Free time
Free time about the issues that affect you/them?


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What do you/your children do in your/their free time? about the issues that affect you/them?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Is there anything that stops you/your child doing activities that you/they want to do in your/their free time?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Should the Council provide more, the same or fewer facilities and activities for young people?

Parents (120)

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report
Should the Council provide lots of small scale youth facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?

Parents (120)

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Why should the Council provide more small scale facilities? facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?

Parents (67)

Unweighted base: Where prefer

small scale facilities


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Why should the Council provide more larger scale facilities? facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?

Parents (47)

Unweighted base: Where prefer larger scale facilities


Achieving
Achieving facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What are young people doing now? facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?

Young people (1079)

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Highest qualification hoped to get facilities or a reduced number of large scale facilities?

*%

Unweighted base: All respondents


How well do you think you are doing at school at the moment
How well do you think you are doing at school at the moment?

School Children

Unweighted base: All School children (4881)


How much do you enjoy school at the moment
How much do you enjoy school at the moment?

School Children

Unweighted base: All School children (4881)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

How important are these things in helping you/your child do well in school/college, work or training?

% saying each is important

Unweighted base:All: School children (4881), young people (1079), parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

How frequently do you have chance to do these things? well in school/college, work or training?

% saying at least once a month

Unweighted base:All: School children (4881), young people (1079)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Whether would prefer (child) to go to a single or mixed sex school?

Unweighted base: All: School children (4881), parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Whether willing (for child) to travel to another school to do preferred subjects?

Unweighted base: All: School children (4881), parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Whether happy or unhappy with the variety of secondary schools on offer in Luton?

Unhappy

Happy

Happy

Unhappy

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What could be done to make secondary schools or further/higher education in Luton better ?

  • Around a third of all sample groups could not spontaneously think of anything that would make education in Luton better

  • Main issues highlighted by all groups included

    • Better teachers (12% SC, 8% YP, 11% P)

    • Better choice of subjects (8% SC, 11% YP)

    • Improved discipline (8% SC, 2% YP, 15% P)

    • Improved facilities (7% SC, 2% YP)

  • 8% of parents said a better teacher:student ratio would make secondary schools in Luton better


Views on opportunities for 16 19 year olds to stay on in education in luton
Views on opportunities for 16-19 year olds to stay on in education in Luton?

School Children (4881)

Parents (120)

Unweighted base: All respondents


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What would you like to do when you reach school leaving age? education in Luton?

School children (4881)

Unweighted base: School children (4881)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Whether happy or unhappy with what you are currently doing? education in Luton?

Happy with what I am currently doing

%

UNHAPPY

Would prefer to carry on with studies at school

Would prefer to carry on with studies at a local college/university

Would prefer to get a job WITH training

Would prefer to get a job WITHOUT training

Young people

Not sure

Not provided

Unweighted base: Young people (1079)


Growing up in luton
Growing up in Luton education in Luton?


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What sort of information or support would help you/your child make the right choices about your life?


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

How would you/your child prefer to get this information or support?

Family/friends

Internet

Books/leaflets/ posters

Talking to Connexions PA

Talking to other adult (youth worker)

Talking to staff at school

Talking to health professionals

Telephone helpline

Unweighted base: School children (4881), young people (1079), parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

Can you see yourself/your child living or working in Luton for the rest of your/his/her life?

NOT SURE

YES

NO

34%

34%

33%

Base: All respondents. Figures in parentheses denote unweighted bases


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What is the BEST thing about growing up in Luton? for the rest of your/his/her life?

Unweighted base: All: School children (4881), young people (1079)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

What is the WORST thing about growing up in Luton? for the rest of your/his/her life?

Unweighted base: All: School children (4881), young people (1079), parents (120)


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

If you could change two things to improve your life as a young person living in Luton, what would they be?

Unweighted base: All respondents


Executive summary
Executive summary young person living in Luton, what would they be?


Staying safe 1
Staying safe (1) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • School is seen as safer for young people and parents than outside school

    • Young people and parents are more worried than school children about safety outside school

  • Threats, being offered illegal drugs, thefts and witnessing crime have been experienced by between one in eight and one in five school children

    • Young people more likely than school children to have been offered illegal drugs or witnessed a crime


Staying safe 2
Staying safe (2) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • In general, parents are more worried than other groups about crime and safety

  • The main thing that children, young people and parents in Luton say would make them feel safer is more or better policing


Health and fitness 1
Health and fitness (1) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • The main health worries for children and young people are STIs & teenage pregnancy and illegal drugs

    • School children are more likely than young people to be worried about most health related issues

    • Parents are the most worried, with their top concerns being drugs, smoking, alcohol and teenage pregnancy


Health and fitness 2
Health and fitness (2) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • Friends and family are the most common sources of health related help or advice

    • Young people tend to have consulted a greater range of advice sources than school children

  • Three fifths of parents think that their child’s health is very good

    • Less than one in five school children and young people think this

    • Exercise and diet are seen as key in improving health and fitness


Getting involved
Getting involved young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • There is encouraging evidence of a lot of community engagement among children in Luton

  • This could be built upon with more consultation via :

    • Questionnaires

    • Electronic communications

    • School/college/university based Councils


Free time1
Free time young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • The data suggests that there are some unmet needs in Luton in terms of facilities and activities for young people

  • More information is required on what is available and where


Achieving 1
Achieving (1) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • More than a quarter of school children think they do as well as they can in most things at school

  • Just under a fifth enjoy most of what they do

  • Interest in subjects/activities and regular feedback are important in helping children and young people do well in school/college, work or training

    • However, generally only a minority of children and young people feel they are getting these opportunities on a monthly basis


Achieving 2
Achieving (2) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • Parents and school children are fairly happy with the variety of secondary schools and further education options on offer in Luton

    • Young people feel the same about existing further and higher education

  • Most school children would like to continue with education in some form after they reach school leaving age

    • More than one in ten young people would like to have a job with training


Growing up in luton 1
Growing up in Luton (1) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • The diverse and multicultural community in Luton is appreciated by parents and young people

    • No one aspect of the town stands out as the best thing about it

    • The crime rate, drugs problem and safety are most commonly mentioned as the worst thing about living in Luton

  • There are calls for better youth facilities, educational standards and employment opportunities in the town


Growing up in luton 2
Growing up in Luton (2) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • Support about education, jobs and training would be appreciated by children and young people

    • Young people would prefer to find out this information from books/leaflets/posters or the internet

    • Schoolchildren would prefer to find out from friends or family

  • Around half cannot see themselves (or their children) living and working in Luton for the rest of their lives


Conclusions and implications 1
Conclusions and implications (1) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • School is seen as a safe place by school children and parents

    • Need to better understand why parents feel children and young people are unsafe outside of school and address their information needs 

  • There are strong concerns about crime expressed by all respondent groups 

  • Sex and relationships are key concerns for children and young people

    • and drugs

  • Children and young people would welcome more variety in their education

    • as well as more regular feedback


Conclusions and implications 2
Conclusions and implications (2) young person living in Luton, what would they be?

  • The majority of parents and school children would be happy to travel/their children to travel to other sites for some subjects

  • Some concerns about availability of employment opportunities in Luton

    • Calls for more jobs with training

  • Luton’s multicultural community is appreciated

    • But need to make living and working in Luton more aspirational


Surveys of parents young people and schoolchildren in luton written report

For further information, please contact: young person living in Luton, what would they be?

Linda Balodis, Account Manager

Tel No : 0121-333-6006

E-mail : linda.balodis@bmgresearch.co.uk

Because People Matter