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The BIG Youth Survey

The survey helps the Isle of Man Government and partner agencies to better plan and target services for young people.

Youth Trust and the Children’s Services Partnership wish to express thanks to all the young people who took park and shared their views and opinions.

The Headlines

  • 81% of young people say they are happy in school;
  • There has been a 3% increase in attendance at sports and youth clubs, a 2% increase in volunteering and a 10% increase in outdoor activities;
  • Bullying levels static over past 5 years with 28% saying they have been bullied in past year;
    • Of the 28%:-
      • 20% say they are bullied most days;
      • Cyber bullying has risen from 14% to 20%;
      • 20% of those bullied tell nobody;
      • There has been a 5% increase in young people approaching teachers about bullying;
  • 71% believe they have a healthy diet;
  • The number drinking and smoking is falling;
  • 21% say it is easy to get hold of ‘legal highs’;
  • Respect for police officers has gone up from 76% to 84% and young people also feel police respect them more;
  • 41% of young people have had contact with employers coming into school and 29% have a part-time job;
  • They rank a good work ethic and being reliable as the most important qualities when job-seeking;
  • A job in sports-related industries tops the list of career hopes;
  • 45% would like to work in the Isle of Man, 27% UK and 28% rest of the world.

Scope

Youth Trust conducted this survey on behalf of the Isle of Man Children’s Services Partnership to help the Isle of Man Government and partner agencies to better plan and target services for young people.

The survey was branded as ‘The BIG Youth Survey’ with a theme of ‘Have Your Voice Heard’.

The survey provided a platform for young people to express their views and opinions about what life is like growing up on the Isle of Man in 2015 and comprises of questions relating to schooling, leisure, health, social attitudes, lifestyle choices and wellbeing.

Target audience

Young people living in the Isle of Man aged 11 to 18. The target audience had a potential of 5,315.

Collection

The survey was accessible between 6th November 2015 and 15th January 2016 by visiting youth.im.

Methods of publication included: • Postcards delivered to secondary school students; • Media releases to online, print and radio outlets; • Extended interview on Manx Radio; • Sponsored Facebook campaign targeting young people aged between 13 and 18; • Posters within schools, youth clubs and IoM College.

1,370 responses were submitted by young people meeting 26% return from target audience.

What was involved?

The survey comprised of questions relating to schooling, leisure, health, social attitudes, lifestyle choices and wellbeing.

What happens to the answers?

The answers are completely confidential and we will make sure that no-one can be identified from the results we publish. The results collected are used for research purposes and the findings won't identify anyone who took part. 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.

Has this been done before?

Yes – this survey is conducted every two years. In response to the last survey, the Isle of Man Government used the data to strengthen existing services and for planning new projects. As examples, the multi-agency Manx Motor Meet, which equips young drivers with skills, was launched and improved access to support for emotional health and wellbeing, strengthening listening services in schools and training staff as emotional first aiders.