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TellUs2, a major online survey reveals how children view their lives and how good local authorities are at providing children's services

TellUs2, a major online survey reveals how children view their lives and how good local authorities are at providing children's services

The first national survey of its kind has found that young people are overwhelmingly healthy, sporting, community-minded and conscientious about school.

But it also reveals concerns about bullying, a desire for better advice on careers, sex and relationships - and claims of cigarette, alcohol and drugs use among a minority.

This revealing picture is painted by the results of TellUs2, which asked children aged between 10-15 in England how they view their lives and how good local authorities are at providing children’s services. More than 111,000 children took part in the survey which ran from 24 April to 14 June across 141 local authorities.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Christine Gilbert said: 'Ofsted puts children and young people at the heart of our inspection processes. This survey was developed to help make things better for them by listening to what they have to say and encouraging providers to act upon it. We now urge policy makers, local authorities and schools to look hard at the findings and use them to influence their plans and actions. The survey presents much that is positive about life for children and young people today. However, it is also clear that more needs to be done to address children and young people’s worries and concerns about how safe they feel; about exams and tests; and about what would help them learn better and where they need to go for help when they have a problem.'

TellUs2 reflects the importance that Ofsted and the Government attaches to hearing the voice of children and young people, and responding to what they say. It asked participants to say how healthy they are, how safe they feel, if they enjoy school, if they think they are doing well and if they help others. They were also asked what could be changed to make things better in their local areas.