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Survey of Young People

The national campaign No Knives, Better Lives are asking young people in Scotland aged 11-25 to help them understand more about what it is like being a young person in Scotland today.

Who is carrying out the research?

The research is being carried out by YouthLink Scotland (National Agency for Youth Work in Scotland) on behalf of No Knives, Better Lives.

ScotCen has been commissioned by YouthLink to carry out this research. ScotCen is an independent not-for-profit organisation that believes that social research has the power to make life better.

Why take part?

By taking part you will help us to better understand what it is like growing up as a young person in Scotland today and as a result help to improve services for young people where you live.

What will taking part involve?

We would like you to complete a short web survey. The questions are about some things you might do, how you feel, and asks for your views on a number of things like who you have around you for support, peer pressure, and future plans. You don’t have to take part if you don’t want to, and if there are any questions you’d rather not answer, that’s fine. No-one will be able to identify you from the answers you give.

Why have I been asked to take part?

To understand what it is like to be a boy or young man in Scotland, we are asking young people of all genders across Scotland who are involved in youth clubs and organisations to share their views. We hope to hear from a broad range of young people to learn as much as possible.

What will happen to any information I give?

ScotCen and Youthlink will use information collected from interviews to write a report which will be published. We will not publish anything that can reveal your identity. The information is used for research purposes only and is dealt with in accordance with data protection legislation.

Your name and any personal data (such as gender and age) will be stored securely. ScotCen will not pass your personal details to anybody without your permission. No information that could make a person identifiable will be passed on to YouthLink. Only the research team will have access to your personal data.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more, please click here for a PDF information leaflet or contact Susan Reid ( or Alex Scholes (