Frequently Asked Questions

Parents

Can I revoke permission for my child’s data to be collected, used or disclosed?

Up until the day of the survey, you may withdraw your consent for your child to complete the survey (collection of your child’s information). To withdraw consent, contact your child’s classroom teacher. After the survey has been completed, you may contact the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency at 639-625-2039 to withdraw consent for your child’s information to be used or disclosed. If you withdraw consent, you will be asked to complete a form with some identifying information so that your child’s survey can be found and destroyed. Please note that if your child is over 15 years of age, their approval/signature to destroy their survey is also required. It will not be possible to retroactively remove information already published in a report prior to the date of withdrawal of consent. However, reports created using survey data will not identify your child.

What if my child says something on the survey that indicates a risk to him/her or someone else?

Identifying questions (such as student name, date of birth, etc.) will not be asked in the survey; therefore, students cannot be individually identified. Survey results could be reported at a class-room level; however, results will be reported at a school-level in order to ensure confidentiality of students. The only time that classroom-level data will be made available is when reporting intent to risk, which will be if a student writes something of concern in the margins of the paper survey tool (this will not be possible in the online survey) or as identified through specific questions (for example, suicide and self-harm). These results will be reported to the appropriate personnel at the school, and appropriate classroom-level interventions will be implemented.

Where can I get more information?

You can check the SAYCW website at www.saycw.com. For any other information regarding SAYCW and the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey, please contact Shardelle Brown, SAYCW Project Manager at 639-635-3080 or via email at shardelle.brown@saskcancer.ca.

Will the survey be available in French?

Yes, the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will be translated in French, and will be available as an online survey. Each school division or school authority will determine whether the survey is administered in French or English.

Can my child do the survey at home with me?

If your child is home-schooled please contact your school/school division/school authority home-school representative to send you the survey link. For confidentiality reasons, we ask that a private space in your home is provided for your child to complete the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. Note: some schools may choose to complete the paper version of the survey.

How do you know that these questions will be useful?

Consultation with health and education leaders within the province identified a number of important themes and sub-themes (e.g., nutrition, screen time, mental health, obesity) that are missing from surveys administered in Saskatchewan. The general view is that there is no single comprehensive survey currently implemented in Saskatchewan addressing youth health and well-being. This is where SAYCW fits in, having developed a provincial census-style survey that is specifically geared to generate information about the current health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth.

Will asking questions about these topics encourage certain behaviours?

There is no evidence to suggest that asking students about health risk behaviours will encourage them to try that behaviour. Surveys have been conducted for many years with children and youth, and health professionals agree that the benefits of participating in such surveys far outweigh any potential risks. A World Health Organization (WHO) literature review concluded that there is “no support for the contention that sex education encourages experimentation or increased activity. If any effect is observed, almost without exception, it is in the direction of postponed initiation of sexual intercourse and/or effective use of contraceptives.”

Can a youth be too young to be asked questions about substance use, sexual health, etc.?

Youth in Grades 7 to 12 are already taught about risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drugs in school as part of the education curriculum. More specifically, students in elementary learn about physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty, the basic components of the reproductive system, fetal development and risk factors associated with exposure to blood borne diseases.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask about suicide and self-harm behaviours?

Teenage suicide is a serious problem in our province. The teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt, and feelings of alienation. For some, this leads to suicide. Depression is also a major risk factor for teen suicide. For these reasons, the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey asks various questions about mental health (including suicide and self-harm). Survey data will be used to develop or enhance policies and programs that contribute to the overall health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth, including their mental health and well-being.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask questions about sexual health?

The goal of asking questions about sexual health is to use the survey results to enhance programming, policies and awareness that aim to improve the sexual health and education of youth in Saskatchewan. Moreover, sexual health education promotes behaviours that help individuals to achieve positive results and avoid negative outcomes. Effective sexual health education maintains an open dialogue that respects individual beliefs. It is sensitive to diverse needs of Canadians irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture and religious background.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask for ethnicity?

Data from the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will provide a clear picture of the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. Students from different backgrounds will have different experiences and may have different levels of health or risk and therefore, may benefit from specific programs to stay or become healthy. We ask students to indicate their racial background (e.g., Asian, Black, Middle Eastern, White, Aboriginal, or mixed) to help understand these differences and to develop or enhance health promotion programs and services for these students.

Are there any risks to my child?

Participating in the survey will result in little or no risk to your child. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions too personal or uncomfortable to answer. In order to mediate risk, school counsellors and other support staff will be available on site for those students who may require support. SAYCW does not anticipate that this survey will harm your child, and hopes that their participation results in positive family dialog and in a more informed school system and province.

What happens if my child is uncomfortable answering a question?

Your child can skip any question that makes them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. School counselors and other support staff will be asked to be available on site on the day that the students complete the survey to provide support or counselling to any student who is concerned with any question on the survey.

What kind of questions does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask?

The focus of the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Survey themes included are outlined in the table below. Please contact us for more details on survey themes and questions or click here to view the entire survey.
  • Demographics
  • General Health
  • Dental Health
  • Sleep
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Culture and Identity
  • Physical Activity
  • Family, Friends and Community
  • Screen Time
  • School Engagement and Support
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Use
  • Injury, Risk and Safety
  • Suicide and Self-Harm
  • Mental Health

My child is healthy and does not have at-risk behaviours. Why should they participate?

Your child may not be affected by or involved in some of the activities asked about in the survey. This is still important to know because if we only had answers from youth with certain risk behaviours or backgrounds, we would not be able to get a true picture of the health and well-being of youth in our schools and communities. We also ask questions about health-promoting behaviours such as nutrition and physical activity patterns, which apply to everyone. By understanding the health and related behaviours of all youth, we will be better able to identify priority issues and possible supports.

What if I don’t want my child to participate in the survey?

A parental notification letter with a tear-away opt-out form will be sent home from the schools. Parents/guardians can complete the opt-out form if they DO NOT want their child to participate in the survey, and return the form to the child’s teacher. If the school division or school authority chooses to use an active (opt-in) consent process, parents/guardians should not complete and return the opt-in form to the child's teacher if they DO NOT want their child to participate in the survey.

Who else has access to my child’s (or their school’s) data?

SAYCW will have access to your child’s data for the purpose of creating reports. Schools will receive reports with school-specific results, only the school has the authority to share the report with others. School Divisions will receive an aggregate report with survey results of participating schools within their Division. A provincial report will be released with survey results specific to all participating youth. Data will not be released to a SAYCW member or another organization unless the member or organization has submitted a formal request to SAYCW through the Data Access Review Committee process. Agreements that identify requirements for security and privacy will also be required for use of the survey data. All researchers will also require approval from an accredited Research Ethics Board or Unit. Individual student results are never reported. All results are reported in an aggregate or combined format to maintain student confidentiality.

Is it mandatory for students to participate?

No, it is not mandatory for students to participate in the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. Student participation is voluntary. Students may choose to not participate in the survey regardless of parental consent. Students may skip any questions that they do not wish to answer and may stop participating in the survey at any time.

Can I see my child’s results?

No. In order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of students, data regarding individuals will not be shared. Survey results will be combined at the school-level to protect the identity of participating students. SAYCW will only report broad, general health trends across age, sex, racial background, and other important groupings that may play a role in youth health and well-being.

Will anyone be able to identify my child?

The purpose of conducting the survey is not to collect information about specific individuals, rather to gather data about general health trends across age, sex, racial background, and other important groupings that may play a role in youth health and well-being. To limit the risk of your child being identified, access to survey data will be limited. Reports that use survey data will not display information in a way that identifies individual students, and survey results will be combined at the school-level.

Who is eligible to participate?

All students from Grade 7 to 12 across the province will have the opportunity to participate. This will ensure that data is locally relevant to schools and communities and applicable to the Saskatchewan context.

Why is this survey important? What difference will it make?

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will address current gaps in knowledge at a local level, for example, in the fields of mental health and substance use. Schools will have the opportunity to understand the data gathered, and to use it to take action to improve youth health and well-being (e.g., develop programs or policies). Furthermore, there are online toolkits that can be accessed by schools and communities to support action and make changes that have been proven to work in other schools and communities.

What is this survey about?

SAYCW has developed a provincial Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (targeting students from Grades 7 to 12) that will capture valuable information regarding the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. The focus is on collecting information on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Providing local information that is most relevant to schools, communities and organizations interested in improving youth health and well-being is one of the main goals for the survey.

What is SAYCW?

The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) is a partnership of health, education, and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population. SAYCW seeks to support schools and communities to learn more about the health and well-being of their youth, and helps schools and communities connect with stakeholders and resources, so that together, they can act on opportunities to improve youth health and well-being. SAYCW is governed by the Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS). Please contact us for a complete list of member organizations.

Schools

Is there a preferred consent process?

SAYCW is encouraging school divisions or school authorities to select the passive (opt-out) consent process. Best practices in literature and other similar projects state that active (opt-in) consent procedures have resulted in substantially lower student participation rates. Low response rates from active consent would result in reports that are not representative of the whole student body, reducing the ability to accurately inform and guide health promotion initiatives. Furthermore, active consent not only yields low response rates, but also results in under-representation of important groups, most commonly minority and vulnerable populations. Evidence also suggests that students with high risk behaviours (substance use, mental health concerns, etc.) are less likely to opt-in to participate in surveys, resulting in data that does not accurately reflect the true health status and well-being of youth. The literature also suggests that non-response in surveys is due, largely, to inertia on the part of parents in returning consent forms rather than genuine unwillingness to permit their children’s participation in surveys. During the SAYCW survey pilot process in 2015, SAYCW asked teachers about their preference for the consent process. Most teachers and school staff expressed that passive consent would be preferred, as long as parents were informed of the survey and the process. SAYCW also approached the solicitor for the Saskatchewan School Board Association (SSBA), who expressed that passive consent is preferred, since doing otherwise would be difficult to administer. Passive consent is also more consistent from a legal perspective. Thus, based on evidence and best practices, as well as on feedback from Saskatchewan school administrators and teachers, we encourage schools to implement a passive consent process.

Do parents need to provide consent for students to participate in the survey?

For the SAYCW TYTC survey implementation, school divisions or school authorities are given the option to choose between a passive (opt-out) or an active (opt-in) consent process. Regardless of the consent process chosen, parents would be informed of the SAYCW TYTC survey via a handbook that will be sent home with the students. In passive consent, parents would be considered to have agreed to have their child participate in the survey unless they specifically decline to participate, either through the opt-out form (parents) or at the time of survey administration (students). In active consent, written parental permission (return of the opt-in form) is required before a student can participate.

Where can I get more information?

You can check the SAYCW website at www.saycw.com. For any other information regarding SAYCW and the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey, please contact Shardelle Brown, SAYCW Project Manager at 639-635-3080 or via email at shardelle.brown@saskcancer.ca.

Will the survey be available in French?

Yes, the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will be translated in French, and will be available as an online survey. Each school division or school authority will determine whether the survey is administered in French or English.

Was the survey tested?

Yes, SAYCW is conducting a pilot study in June and October-November of 2018 to test the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities survey tool. The purpose of the pilot study is to test the survey tool, both as an online survey and a paper survey, as well as in English and in French, with a smaller group of Grade 7 to 12 students. The results of the pilot study will improve the implementation of the survey to all Grade 7 to 12 students in 2019. As part of the pilot, we will also receive feedback from teachers regarding the clarity of the process, ease of implementation, survey instructions and student behavior during the field test. Based on the pilot study results and student / teacher feedback, changes to the survey will be made.

How do you know that these questions will be useful?

Consultation with health and education leaders within the province identified a number of important themes and sub-themes (e.g., nutrition, screen time, mental health, obesity) that are missing from surveys administered in Saskatchewan. The general view is that there is no single comprehensive survey currently implemented in Saskatchewan addressing youth health and well-being. This is where SAYCW fits in, having developed a provincial census-style survey that is specifically geared to generate information about the current health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth.

Can a youth be too young to be asked questions about substance use, sexual health, etc.?

Youth in Grades 7 to 12 are already taught about risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drugs in school as part of the education curriculum. More specifically, students in elementary learn about physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty, the basic components of the reproductive system, fetal development and risk factors associated with exposure to blood borne diseases.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask about suicide and self-harm behaviours?

Teenage suicide is a serious problem in our province. The teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt, and feelings of alienation. For some, this leads to suicide. Depression is also a major risk factor for teen suicide. For these reasons, the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey asks various questions about mental health (including suicide and self-harm). Survey data will be used to develop or enhance policies and programs that contribute to the overall health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth, including their mental health and well-being.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask questions about sexual health?

The goal of asking questions about sexual health is to use the survey results to enhance programming, policies and awareness that aim to improve the sexual health and education of youth in Saskatchewan. Moreover, sexual health education promotes behaviours that help individuals to achieve positive results and avoid negative outcomes. Effective sexual health education maintains an open dialogue that respects individual beliefs. It is sensitive to diverse needs of Canadians irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture and religious background.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask for ethnicity?

Data from the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will provide a clear picture of the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. Students from different backgrounds will have different experiences and may have different levels of health or risk and therefore, may benefit from specific programs to stay or become healthy. We ask students to indicate their racial background (e.g., Asian, Black, Middle Eastern, White, Aboriginal, or mixed) to help understand these differences and to develop or enhance health promotion programs and services for these students.

What kind of questions does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask?

The focus of the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Survey themes included are outlined in the table below. Please contact us for more details on survey themes and questions or click here to view the entire survey.
  • Demographics
  • General Health
  • Dental Health
  • Sleep
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Culture and Identity
  • Physical Activity
  • Family, Friends and Community
  • Screen Time
  • School Engagement and Support
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Use
  • Injury, Risk and Safety
  • Suicide and Self-Harm
  • Mental Health

Is it mandatory for students to participate?

No, it is not mandatory for students to participate in the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. Student participation is voluntary. Students may choose to not participate in the survey regardless of parental consent. Students may skip any questions that they do not wish to answer and may stop participating in the survey at any time.

Is it mandatory for schools to participate?

Although we encourage all schools in the province to participate in the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey, school participation is voluntary.

Can I see the Privacy Impact Assessment?

As the data trustee (under HIPA) and data custodian (under LAFOIPPA), the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency completed a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in regards to the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. The PIA and response from the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner can be made available upon request.

How will students’ privacy be protected?

Protecting student privacy is paramount to SAYCW. To ensure that privacy risks have been identified and properly managed, an assessment called a “Privacy Impact Assessment” has been conducted and reviewed by the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. The University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board has approved the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey pilot study. SAYCW will be submitting an application this fall to the U of S Research Ethics Board for approval to proceed with data collection in all Saskatchewan schools in 2019. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency was selected by the SAYCW Steering Committee to store and manage the data because the Agency has substantial experience storing and managing data. While in the control and custody of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the survey data will be treated and handled in accordance with Saskatchewan’s Health Information Protection Act (HIPA), the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIPPA), and in accordance with the SCA’s policies and procedures.

Who is eligible to participate?

All students from Grade 7 to 12 across the province will have the opportunity to participate. This will ensure that data is locally relevant to schools and communities and applicable to the Saskatchewan context.

What happens after the survey is complete?

Each participating school will receive a report specific to the students in their school. School Divisions will also receive an aggregate report with survey results specific to participating schools within the Division. The reports will not display the results of the survey in a way that will allow your child to be identified. Based on a school’s survey results, SAYCW will work with the school to identify appropriate programs, policies, and partnerships that target optimal health and well-being outcomes for youth within that school.

What is the financial cost to my school?

There is no financial cost to schools to participate in the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. The survey and work of the SAYCW Steering Committee and Working Groups is funded by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

How much time will it take for my students to take the survey?

For students who completed the SAYCW Youth Health Survey in 2015, the average completion time for the online survey was 20 to 30 minutes. For students who completed the paper survey, the average time was 30 to 40 minutes. These times will be updated once the pilot study for the revised SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is complete.

How will students take the survey?

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will be administered by the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU). To minimize survey fatigue, burden and strain on schools, each school will be able to choose an appropriate time frame within which to complete survey administration. Schools can choose between an online or a paper survey; however, SAYCW prefers that schools complete the survey online. For schools doing the survey online, coordination regarding computers and internet access will be required. For schools doing the paper option, surveys will have to be collected and sent to SELU (pre-paid secure courier service will be provided).

What is involved for participating schools?

Schools will be asked to distribute a parental notification letter that includes a tear-away opt-out form (or a tear-away opt-in form depending on the consent process chosen by the School Division / Authority) that will be sent home for parents/guardians. Parents/guardians can complete the opt-out form if they DO NOT want their child to participate in the survey (or complete the opt-in form if they DO want their child to participate in the survey), and return the form to the child’s teacher.

What are the benefits of participating in the survey?

Participating in the survey provides youth with a stronger voice on health and well-being issues that matter to them. All schools will receive reports about the students in their school. School Divisions / Authorities will receive reports about schools in their division / authority. These reports will provide a comprehensive picture of the health and well-being issues of Grade 7 to 12 students from across Saskatchewan. Using a school’s survey results as a guide, SAYCW will work with the school to identify appropriate programs, policies, and partnerships that target optimal health and well-being outcomes for youth. Schools and communities can use the survey results to enhance health promotion programming, policies, awareness, and education. Participation in multiple cycles of the survey allows schools and communities to monitor the health status and behaviours of students and helps to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies. Grants have been available to support the work of schools, communities and youth as they look to take action on the survey results.

How is this survey different from others in the province?

The following points highlight some of the ways that the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is different from other surveys.
  • The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is a census style survey, where all students from Grade 7 to 12 across the province are invited to participate. This will ensure that data is locally relevant to all schools and communities, versus a representative sample survey (like most other surveys), where only a small number of participants are included. Thus, data from a representative sample may not be applicable to all schools and communities.
  • The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is not a research project. The primary objective of the survey is to generate locally relevant data for schools and communities to assist with evidence-based planning and evaluation of policies and programs. All other uses of the data (i.e., research, etc.) are secondary.
  • The data will be housed locally in Saskatchewan and not in another province or country. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) will act as the data trustee and data custodian. The data will be protected by strict data governance policies, and SAYCW and SCA will be compliant with relevant provincial and federal privacy legislation.
  • Ensuring engagement and participation of First Nations and Métis partners is essential, therefore compliance with OCAP® Principles (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) is a high priority.
  • All schools will receive reports specifically regarding their students. School Divisions / Authorities will also receive their specific reports.
  • SAYCW is developing online toolkits that can be accessed by schools to support action and make changes that have been proven to work in other schools and communities. SAYCW stakeholders will support schools and communities to take action based on their survey results.

Why is this survey important? What difference will it make?

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will address current gaps in knowledge at a local level, for example, in the fields of mental health and substance use. Schools will have the opportunity to understand the data gathered, and to use it to take action to improve youth health and well-being (e.g., develop programs or policies). Furthermore, there are online toolkits that can be accessed by schools and communities to support action and make changes that have been proven to work in other schools and communities.

What is this survey about?

SAYCW has developed a provincial Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (targeting students from Grades 7 to 12) that will capture valuable information regarding the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. The focus is on collecting information on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Providing local information that is most relevant to schools, communities and organizations interested in improving youth health and well-being is one of the main goals for the survey.

What is SAYCW?

The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) is a partnership of health, education, and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population. SAYCW seeks to support schools and communities to learn more about the health and well-being of their youth, and helps schools and communities connect with stakeholders and resources, so that together, they can act on opportunities to improve youth health and well-being. SAYCW is governed by the Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS). Please contact us for a complete list of member organizations.

Students

How can I see my information?

You may request a copy of your completed survey data by contacting the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency at 639-625-2039. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is the organization that is storing and protecting the information you provided when you completed the survey in your school. If you think you see an error in your survey responses, you may contact the Agency to request a correction.

How long will the survey data be kept?

Survey data will be stored and kept at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency until the goals of SAYCW are met. SAYCW plans to survey youth every few years into the future to monitor youth health and well-being over time. This will help SAYCW, our partners, and others to develop health promotion programs, interventions and policies to improve the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. There are no plans to destroy the survey data that is collected. If SAYCW activities stop for any reason, the survey data will be stored/kept for 6 years and then destroyed.

I need help / someone to talk to …

If you need someone to talk to, or need help with anything, here is a list of places and people you can call.
Advocate for Children and Youth 500 - 350 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK 1-800-322-7221 (306) 933-6700 contact@saskadvocate.ca
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca
National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255
Problem Gambling Help Line 1-800-306-6789
Public Legal Education Association (306) 653-1868 www.plea.org
Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network Inc. Cornwall Professional Building 510 - 2125 11th Avenue Regina, SK 1-888-528-8061 (306) 522-1533
 

Where can I get more information?

You can check the SAYCW website at www.saycw.com. For any other information regarding SAYCW and the Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey, please contact Shardelle Brown, SAYCW Project Manager at 639-635-3080 or via email at shardelle.brown@saskcancer.ca.

Can a youth be too young to be asked questions about substance use, sexual health, etc.?

Youth in Grades 7 to 12 are already taught about risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drugs in school as part of the education curriculum. More specifically, students in elementary learn about physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty, the basic components of the reproductive system, fetal development and risk factors associated with exposure to blood borne diseases.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask about suicide and self-harm behaviours?

Teenage suicide is a serious problem in our province. The teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt, and feelings of alienation. For some, this leads to suicide. Depression is also a major risk factor for teen suicide. For these reasons, the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey asks various questions about mental health (including suicide and self-harm). Survey data will be used to develop or enhance policies and programs that contribute to the overall health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth, including their mental health and well-being.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask questions about sexual health?

The goal of asking questions about sexual health is to use the survey results to enhance programming, policies and awareness that aim to improve the sexual health and education of youth in Saskatchewan. Moreover, sexual health education promotes behaviours that help individuals to achieve positive results and avoid negative outcomes. Effective sexual health education maintains an open dialogue that respects individual beliefs. It is sensitive to diverse needs of Canadians irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture and religious background.

Why does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask for ethnicity?

Data from the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey will provide a clear picture of the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. Students from different backgrounds will have different experiences and may have different levels of health or risk and therefore, may benefit from specific programs to stay or become healthy. We ask students to indicate their racial background (e.g., Asian, Black, Middle Eastern, White, Aboriginal, or mixed) to help understand these differences and to develop or enhance health promotion programs and services for these students.

What kind of questions does the SAYCW TYTC Survey ask?

The focus of the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Survey themes included are outlined in the table below. Please contact us for more details on survey themes and questions or click here to view the entire survey.
  • Demographics
  • General Health
  • Dental Health
  • Sleep
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Culture and Identity
  • Physical Activity
  • Family, Friends and Community
  • Screen Time
  • School Engagement and Support
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Use
  • Injury, Risk and Safety
  • Suicide and Self-Harm
  • Mental Health

Is it mandatory for students to participate?

No, it is not mandatory for students to participate in the SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey. Student participation is voluntary. Students may choose to not participate in the survey regardless of parental consent. Students may skip any questions that they do not wish to answer and may stop participating in the survey at any time.

How much time will it take for my students to take the survey?

For students who completed the SAYCW Youth Health Survey in 2015, the average completion time for the online survey was 20 to 30 minutes. For students who completed the paper survey, the average time was 30 to 40 minutes. These times will be updated once the pilot study for the revised SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is complete.

What is this survey about?

SAYCW has developed a provincial Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey (targeting students from Grades 7 to 12) that will capture valuable information regarding the health and well-being of Saskatchewan youth. The focus is on collecting information on risk and protective factors for optimal health and well-being. Providing local information that is most relevant to schools, communities and organizations interested in improving youth health and well-being is one of the main goals for the survey.

What is SAYCW?

The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) is a partnership of health, education, and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population. SAYCW seeks to support schools and communities to learn more about the health and well-being of their youth, and helps schools and communities connect with stakeholders and resources, so that together, they can act on opportunities to improve youth health and well-being. SAYCW is governed by the Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS). Please contact us for a complete list of member organizations.

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

SAYCW 2016 Provincial Youth Health Report
The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) is a partnership of health, education, and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population....

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This brief questionnaire seeks feedback from schools, school divisions, and other Saskatchewan stakeholders on the SAYCW Youth Health Survey 2015, the results reports, and the Healthy Schools and Communities grant. We hope to learn from you to improve SAYCW’s work in conducting our next Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey in 2019, preparing the results reports, and translating the knowledge into health promoting action.

Click here to complete our questionnaire

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Please fill out the form below, or visit our SAYCW Staff page to contact us directly.