Health and Wellbeing census primary pupils involvement: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. A copy of the health and wellbeing survey that is to be distributed to primary schools in Scotland.

2. A list of the Councils that are participating in the survey.

3. I would like to learn more about what our children may be asked in the survey and how parents are able to support their children with this.

4. I would also like to know what options there are for parents to specify that they do or do not want their children to respond to the survey.


The links below provide access to the questionnaire for each primary stage. These are the questionnaires as developed by the Scottish Government. As each local authority will conduct their own data collections, the survey questionnaires used locally may differ as local authorities have the flexibility to add or remove questions.

At present, the Scottish Government is aware that the following local authorities were still either taking part, or considering taking part, in the Health and Wellbeing Census 2021/22:

  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • Dundee City
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Edinburgh, City of
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar
  • Falkirk
  • Glasgow City
  • Inverclyde
  • Moray
  • North Ayrshire
  • Orkney Islands
  • Perth & Kinross
  • Renfrewshire
  • Scottish Borders
  • Shetland Islands
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Stirling
  • West Dunbartonshire

However, the Census is entirely voluntary, both for local authorities to undertake and for parents/carers and pupils to consent to take part in.

Information about what children may be asked in the survey and how parents are able to support their children with this is available from the Health and Wellbeing Census - ( Further detail is included in the Frequently Asked Questions document published at Health and Wellbeing Census - ( Local Authorities undertaking the Census will also have privacy notices available on their websites which will provide additional information.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

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