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What is the School Health Research Network?

The School Health Research Network (SHRN) is the largest national network of its kind in the world. It brings together all of the maintained, mainstream secondary schools in Wales with academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from health, education and social care to promote an evidence informed approach to improving young people’s health and wellbeing in the school setting.

SHRN is a partnership between Welsh Government (Health and Education), Public Health Wales (PHW), Cancer Research UK and WISERD (the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods). It is led by the Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) at Cardiff University. This partnership facilitates strategic alignment of policy, research and practice agendas.

Network schools complete a bilingual, electronic Student Health and Wellbeing Survey every two years. The survey is based on the World Health Organization’s collaborative Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey to allow integration of the two surveys every four years. Student data collection routinely includes over 65% of all 11 to 16 year olds in Wales from over 90% of schools. It is accompanied by a School Environment Questionnaire, which allows relationships between school policies and practices and student health outcomes to be investigated.

The Network ensures that the research is of relevance to stakeholders so that subsequent research evidence has a higher likelihood of influencing policy and practice for population health impacts. SHRN adopted studies have a value of over £25 million. 

Access SHRN data

The latest School Health Research Network reports can be found on the SHRN website.

Partners

DECIPHer researchers based at Cardiff University are working with schools to develop the School Health Research Network and ensure it meets their needs. ALPHA, a young people’s advisory group based at DECIPHer, provides additional advice and support.

Welsh Government | DECIPHer | UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence

Welsh Government has made available data from the 2013/14 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey in Wales. This data was used to provide network schools with an individualised, school-level report of their students’ health behaviours in 2014.

NHS Wales | DECIPHer | UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence

Public Health Wales has an oversight role in the School Health Research Network and ensure that the network develops in a manner consistent with national public health priorities and programmes, such as the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes.

Cancer Research UK | DECIPHer | UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence

Cancer Research UK offers resources to schools in the network to support health education and science teaching in the curriculum and health promotion in the wider school environment.

WISERD | DECIPHer | UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence

WISERD provides a strategic link to a leading education research centre in Wales.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please email SHRN@cardiff.ac.uk

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