ChildrenCount Wellbeing Survey (2017/18)

Renfrewshire obtained a comprehensive snapshot of young people’s well-being. The ChildrenCount Wellbeing Survey gathered data directly from over 10,000 children aged between 9-16 years of age across primary and secondary schools. 

An overall profile of young people’s wellbeing in Renfrewshire that can be downloaded here.


Dartington analysed and provided the public system with:

  • An interactive data portal that can be accessed here

  • Individual (or cluster-level) school reports

  • Analysis of need by locality

  • Analysis of need by special interest groups (such as those with care experience, and young carers)

How has the data been used?

The data gathered helped inform a range of local strategies/policies including the priorities contained within the Children’s Services Partnership Plan

The Early Action System Change initiative focuses on addressing two of these priorities:  

  1. Coercive control in young people’s relationships and;

  2. Children and young people’s emotional wellbeing


Over 10,000 pupils surveyed

1 in 10 met the threshold for a likely clinical diagnosis of anxiety and depression

Overall upwards trend and increasing problems (vs. 8% in 2011)

Segmentation by gender and age revealed important differences…



Of the 3,058 young people who had been in a relationship 1 in 4 reported concerning levels of coercive control within their relationship

Boys and girls reported experiencing coercive control at similar rates…


Often or all the time…

  • Made fun of you

  • Shouted at you/screamed in your face/called you hurtful names

  • Said negative things about your appearance/body/friends/family

  • Told you who you could see and where you could go

  • Constantly checked up on what you were doing e.g. by phone or text

  • Used private information to make you do something

  • Used mobile phones or the internet to humiliate or threaten you

Once or more…

  • Threatened to hurt you physically unless you did what they wanted

Inequality in Renfrewshire

The heat maps illustrate the size of outcome inequalities amongst Renfrewshire’s children and young people on the Early Action priority areas. This data can help inform conversations about target areas for intervention based specific outcomes.