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Information for parents

Why have I been invited to take part in this research?

You have been invited to take part because you are taking part in Talk, Learn, Do, a workshop for parents that aims to improve parents’ confidence and skills to teach their children about money.

Who is carrying out the research?

ScotCen Social Research and Children in Scotland have been commissioned by the Money and Pensions Service 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. Children in Scotland is the largest provider of open-to-all, sector specific learning events within the children and families’ sector in Scotland. They will use their extensive expertise in participation and engagement with children and young people to support the collection of children’s data.

What’s involved?

You may have been invited to take part in this research in a few different ways.

Immediately before your Talk, Learn, Do session, you will be invited to fill in a short questionnaire about how you talk about money in your family. It should take 10 minutes.  At the end of this questionnaire, you are invited to give your details for the evaluation team to contact you around two to three months after your Talk, Learn, Do session.

You may receive an email from the evaluation team at ScotCen with a link to a follow up survey and/or further information about the different ways that you can take part in a discussion about how you’ve used the Talk, Learn, Do training. You might want to take part in a discussion with a member of the research team on your own, or your child might also want to take part along with you

Why take part?

You may find sharing your views on Talk, Learn, Do enjoyable. This may also help improve the service for other families.

Taking part is completely voluntary, but we do hope you will get involved.

What will you ask me about?

We will ask you about your views on how and when you should teach your children about money. This will include asking about pocket money, saving and using bank accounts. We will also ask about the effectiveness of the training you received and its impact on your family’s money management.

Do I have to answer all the questions?

Don’t worry – you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. You can skip the question in the questionnaire or, if you are taking part in a discussion, let the interviewer know and they will move on to the next question.

How will you deal with my personal information?

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 2018. You can find out more about how we protect your personal information here.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to find out more please contact Jessica Shields (, Tel: 020 7549 9519) or Claire Elliott (, Tel: 020 7549 9525) from the ScotCen evaluation team.