Halton Youth Survey and Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children
The Halton Youth Survey is one way to help us better understand how well our children and youth are doing. Students in Grades 7 and 10 are invited to complete a voluntary, web-based survey during school hours.
The purpose of the Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children is to hear from parents and guardians of students in Grades 7 and 10 about issues related to children and youth and about their experiences of parenting young people today.
The surveys are conducted as part of a three-year monitoring cycle.
Frequently asked questions
Why is participation important?
Your answers, whether you are a parent or student, will provide valuable information that will be used to improve programs for Halton children and youth. These surveys are part of our ongoing effort to measure how well we're doing and make improvements so all students have the opportunity to succeed in our schools, in our communities and in life.
What is Our Kids Network?
Our Kids Network (OKN) is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Organizations and agencies from education, government, health, mental health and special needs, police services and the multicultural community are our partners. OKN is focused on child development from birth to 18 years and uses research to build evidence and expand knowledge of what children and youth need to be successful and happy.
Who conducts the surveys?
The Halton Youth Survey and Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children are conducted by OKN in partnership with Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton Region.
How is the information in the surveys used?
The questions in the Halton Youth Survey help measure how well Halton supports the development of children and youth. The Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children collects information about topics and issues that are affecting family life and parenting. The information is reported in OKN community report cards and can be used to improve the well-being of our children. The community report cards are available at www.ourkidsnetwork.ca.
These survey results will help us understand where additional programs, services and supports are needed in schools and the community. Schools benefit by having access to local-level statistics. They use the information to collaborate with neighbouring schools and local youth and family agencies and to improve or develop school/community support and prevention programs and services.
Why are you conducting a parent survey?
This is the first time the Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children will be conducted. The survey will give us an idea of how parents and guardians are doing at these stages of their children’s lives. Only parents and guardians of children and youth in Grades 7 and 10 will be invited to participate.
Why these questions?
A wide range of questions is needed to learn about the variety of issues having an impact on children, youth and their families today. School boards are mandated by the Ministry of Education to support a variety of Ministry, community and education initiatives.
The Halton Youth Survey covers topics such as social environment; physical health; mental well-being; connectedness; feelings of safety; use of tobacco; alcohol or other drugs; and involvement in criminal activity or participation in other risky activities. These questions have mostly been taken from large Canadian and Ontario surveys. They were written by leading experts on adolescent development in Canada and have been carefully tested to be age-appropriate for youth 11- to 18-years-old.
The Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children asks about a variety of topics related to family life, parenting and school such as equity and inclusive education; bullying/harassment; and parent engagement, support and confidence.
Are the surveys confidential?
The surveys are completely confidential and the findings are reported in a way that ensures confidentiality for you and your child. Information on the surveys will never appear in any school record and no student or family will never be identified. The researchers have no direct way to connect individual responses to any student or family.
Do I have to complete the Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children?
The survey is entirely voluntary. Parents and guardians may decline to participate or may leave any items blank, if they do participate. They can also choose to quit the survey at any time.
Does my child have to complete the Halton Youth Survey?
The survey is entirely voluntary. Students, or parents on behalf of students, may decline to participate or may leave any items blank, if they do participate. Students can also choose to quit the survey at any time. Parents should contact their child’s principal if they do not want their child to participate in the survey.
How do we know the information in the surveys is accurate?
Parents and school officials sometimes wonder whether self-report surveys produce accurate results. This type of survey has been researched to assure adequate validity and reliability. However, all measurement methods are subject to limitations. Research has also shown that as long as youth are assured that the survey is confidential and meaningful, most students will respond honestly.
Are the surveys offered in languages other than English?
The surveys are available in English. If your first language is not English and you need help completing the Halton Parent Survey of School-age Children, please contact Halton Multicultural Council at 905-842-2486, ext. 221.
If you would like to receive more information about the surveys, please contact:
Halton Catholic District School Board
Dr. Erica Van Roosmalen
Chief Officer, Research & Development Services
905-632-6314 ext. 367
For more information about Our Kids Network, please visit www.ourkidsnetwork.ca.
The personal information collected through the Halton Youth Survey is collected on behalf of the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board under the authority of the Education Act (R.S.O. 1990 c.E.2) ss. 58.5, 265 and 266 as amended. The information will be used to improve services to children, make decisions on the allocation of resources and for general planning purposes. The information will be used in accordance with the Education Act, the regulations, and guidelines issued by the Minister of Education governing the establishment, maintenance, use, retention, transfer and disposal of pupil records.