Why should I take part?

By taking part in Next Steps, you’re helping to shape society and to make life better for your generation and the next. Politicians, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and others use findings from the study to improve services and policies to help people like you. Find out more about how the study has made a difference.

It’s your story and only you can tell it. Next Steps has been following you since you were in Year 9 at school, aged 13/14 and we really want to continue following your adult lives.

You’re unique and irreplaceable. If you choose not to take part, we can not replace you with anyone else. Without you, we don’t have the whole story.

It’s important that we understand what life is like for people from all different parts of the country, different family backgrounds and different ethnicities. That’s why we need as many of you as possible to keep taking part – each and every one of you brings something new to the picture and together, you represent the diversity of the Next Steps generation.