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What's involved?

Making contact

If you agreed for your name and contact details to be passed to NatCen, you may receive an email or telephone call from August 2021 onwards to see if you would like to take part in an interview or focus group.

If, after speaking with a NatCen researcher, you or your child decide to take part in the research, we will arrange with you a day and time for the interview or focus group to take place.

What will we talk to you about?

The researcher will ask you about a range of topics relating to your views on:

  • how children might answer questions on sensitive or difficult subjects;
  • the benefits and challenges of participating in a survey on child abuse;
  • support that children might want or need before, during or after taking part;
  • how best to carry out the survey, including location and other practical considerations.

Further details are provided in the participant information sheet. Everybody who is invited to participate will be provided with a copy.

We understand that this research touches on a topic that can be difficult to talk about. You won’t be asked to share any personal experiences of abuse that you or somebody you know may have had, and you won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. It will also be possible to take breaks and stop at any point.

We will ask your permission to audio record the discussion so that nothing is forgotten. If you don’t want to be audio recorded, we can make written notes instead. Recordings and/or written notes will be stored securely at NatCen; only the research team will have access to them. Further details of how data will be used, stored and deleted are provided below.

No need to prepare

There’s no need to prepare for the interview or focus group. You don’t need any special knowledge – we just want to hear about your experiences and views.

What will happen to the information I give?

We will write a report about the main issues that people have talked about. We will not name anybody in the report and it will not be possible to identify anybody or any organisation that took part in the interviews.

If you take part in a focus group, you and all other participants will be asked to keep what was discussed confidential.

The research team will treat everything discussed in the interviews as confidential and anonymous. This means you will not be identified to anyone outside the research team or (if applicable) the focus group, and we will not tell anyone what you say, except in the few specific circumstances described below.

We might have to tell someone what has been said in an interview or group if we believe there is a risk of harm or danger to a child or adult. In this case, we would have to discuss this information with somebody else. Exactly who this will be shared with will depend on what we have been told, but might involve a number of agencies including the police. If this happens, information about the people involved and what has been told to us will need to be shared even if participant(s) withdraw from the study.

All the research data will be stored securely on NatCen’s systems, which are encrypted and password protected. All documents which include identifiable information (such as names and contact details, for example) will be deleted three months after the project ends.