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Why have I been contacted about this research?

If you are a child, you have been invited to take part because we want to know how you and other children might find being asked questions on this topic in a survey. You will not be asked about any personal experiences you may have had in relation to abuse.

If you are a young adult, you have been asked to participate because you may have had experience of abuse yourself and will have a unique perspective and understanding of what it might be like for children to be asked questions on the topic of abuse in a survey. You will not be asked about any personal experiences you may have had in relation to abuse

If you are somebody we have contacted about a child, we would like to invite them to take part to explore in an age-appropriate way how they might feel about being asked questions about experiences of child abuse.

If you are a parent/ guardian we have invited to take part, we would like to speak to you about how you would feel about your child participating in a survey on child abuse. We would like to speak to parents of children who have not experienced abuse as well as parents of children who have. This is to ensure we develop an understanding of the views and concerns of both groups of parents, and consider the needs of the range of children who may be asked to complete a national survey in future

If you work for a support organisation or you have been invited to participate in a professional capacity, we would like to hear your thoughts about working with young people who may have experienced some form of abuse and how different groups of children might respond to this kind of survey, including any particular benefits, challenges, and support needs.

You will not be asked specific questions about any experiences of abuse you or any children you know may have had. Instead, the discussion will focus on your general views about how a survey might work and what challenges and opportunities you think there could be in carrying out a national survey on child abuse. 

We want to hear from everyone

It’s really important to us and the ONS that our research represents the views of a range of people who have experienced different forms of abuse as children, as well as children who have not experienced abuse; parents; guardians and practitioners. 

Taking part is an opportunity to tell influential people what you really think.