Our pledge to you
We respect your wishes
Taking part is voluntary and you do not have to answer any questions you don’t want to. Just let your interviewer know, and they will move on to the next question.
We answer your questions
Your interviewer will be happy to answer any questions you have about the study which aren’t covered here.
We ensure your safety
All our interviewers carry photographic ID cards and have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). We welcome any feedback you have about your experience with our interviewers.
We guard your privacy
We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998. The results collected are used for research purposes only. You will never receive any junk mail as a result of speaking to us. We never pass on your details to other organisations for commercial purposes.
What happens to my answers?
Your answers will be completely confidential and we will make sure that no-one can be identified from the results we publish.
The answers you give will be put together with the answers collected from thousands of other people across England. The survey findings will be analysed anonymously and statistics produced which do not identify you or anyone in your household or reveal personal information which might be used to identify individuals. The statistics will be published in a report and tables which will be freely available on the NHS Digital website.
If you agree, we would also like to link your survey answers to information from other datasets about health and education. These include the NHS Central Register, Hospital Episode Statistics and the National Pupil Database. This would help if we wanted to follow up your health status in the future and it would allow us to link to information about your child’s educational attainment. We will ask for separate permission to do this in the study and give you more information about it then.
What happens to the survey data?
The data will be treated as confidential as directed by the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice for Official Statistics. You can find out more about this code here.
The survey data are useful to other people. An anonymised and reduced version of the dataset will be made carefully. By anonymised we mean your name, address and date of birth and other information which might directly identify you is removed, and in addition, other data are removed or categorised into groups that are less detailed to ensure the risk of disclosure is remote. This process of disclosure control follows Government Statistical Service guidance.
This anonymised and disclosure controlled dataset will be made available on the UK Data Service catalogue for the purposes of not-for-profit research, teaching or personal educational development. Find out more about the UK Data Service. It is home to the UK's largest collection of digital social and economic research data.