FOR PARENTS: Dental Survey of 5 year old children 2018/19: Sutton

1st October 2018
Dear Colleague,

Public Health England and the London Borough of Sutton are writing to you regarding the upcoming Dental Survey of 5 Year Old Children that is undertaken in year one and reception classes across primary schools in England. These surveys are undertaken every two years, and provide data on the dental health of 5 year olds in the borough, which provides information on the state of children’s dental health and supports the development of evidence-based preventive dental programmes.  

It is vital that schools that are approached participate in the survey in order get a representative picture of the oral health in the local community. Schools are selected at random, and will be approached by the local NHS community dental service via letter, phone call or email in the next few weeks.

Public Health England (London) has developed a short video for schools and parents that explains what happens during the survey. Please click on the link below to watch the video or search ‘PHE School Dental Surveys’ on Youtube.

Please share this video widely via the school website, text/email/WhatsApp communications and parent forums to raise awareness of the programme amongst parents.

In order to get the sample of children to be examined, the dental teams carrying out the survey will request additional information for children in reception and year 1. The information requested will be date of birth, full name, ethnicity and home postcode, and will only be requested via secure email transfer. We appreciate there may be concern over GDPR. Public Health England has confirmed that under Article 6 and Article 9 of the GDPR statement, the transfer of information is permissible and lawful as it is for the use in a health survey.

Following this, the dental teams will work with your school to arrange contacting parents and dates for the dental team to visit. We appreciate that the school day is busy, and we can assure you that the teams will be flexible and as undisruptive as possible to the learning environment. The teams are DBS checked, and will provide evidence of this at their visit.


Thank you again for your continued support with this programme, as Children’s Dental Health Matters.

Yours sincerely,

Huda Yusuf - Consultant in Dental Public Health, Public Health England

Imran Choudhury - Director of Public Health, London Borough of Sutton