SCAMP is an exciting opportunity for Year 7 children to get involved in live science and meet scientists from a world-class research institution.

This independent research, commissioned by the Department of Health, will investigate whether children’s  use of mobile phones and/or other technologies that use radio waves e.g. portable landline phones and wireless internet, might affect their neurocognitive or behavioural development e.g. memory, problem solving skills. Over 160 schools across London have been invited to take part, making SCAMP the largest research study in the world to date to address this important research question.


If your child is in Year 7 at a participating school, they will undertake a 55 minute computerised school assessment (including cognitive tasks e.g. attention, memory, and questions on mobile phone use and lifestyle) during an allocated lesson. This assessment will be repeated again in Year 9

If you have a child in Year 7 at a participating school, you will receive a letter explaining the study and inviting you to provide permission for SCAMP to link your child’s school assessment data with other routine records, and giving you and your child the opportunity to help the study further by completing online questionnaires at home. We hope that the experience will be enjoyable and informative for both you and your child.

Of course, taking part is voluntary, and if you do not want your child to take part in the school assessment, or for their data to be used, you can notify the SCAMP team of your choice.

We hope that you will support this important research initiative so that together we can benefit the health of current and future generations. If there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information, please contact a member of the study team.

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For information about the current government and NHS health advice on mobile phone use for the public, including children, please see the government website guidelines:

If you would like more information about radio frequency exposures from mobile phones and the health protection policy in the UK, please explore the links below: