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What’s involved?

If you or your child are invited to participate in a research interview, taking part will involve an interview with one of our researchers at a time that is convenient. This will either be a one-on-one interview or a small group discussion. The option to take part by phone will be available in some cases.

Making contact with you

If you agreed for your name and contact details to be passed to NatCen, you may get a telephone call or email from March 2019 onwards to see if you would like to take part in an interview. We anticipate that all research interviews will be completed by July 2019.

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

The interview

For you

The researcher will ask you about a range of topics relating to safeguarding including how child sexual abuse is understood and defined, how safeguarding issues are handled, and views on any improvements that could be made. Further details are provided in the participant information sheet, which all those invited to participate will be provided with.

We understand that safeguarding can be a difficult topic to talk about. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to during the interview. It will also be possible to take breaks during the interview and stop the interview at any point.

We will ask your permission to audio record the interview so nothing said is forgotten. If you don’t want the interview to be audio recorded, we can make written notes instead. NatCen will keep all the recordings and/or written notes securely so that no one else can access them. Our systems are encrypted and password protected.

For your child

The researcher will ask your child about a range of topics relating to safeguarding in their school. This will be discussed in way that is appropriate for your child’s age and abilities. Further details are provided in the participant information sheet.

We understand that safeguarding can be a difficult topic to talk about. Our team have extensive experience conducting sensitive research with children and young people. Your child won’t have to answer any questions they don’t want to during the interview. They will also be able to take breaks during the interview and stop the interview at any point. Support will be offered to anyone who wants to discuss issues raised by their interviews.

We will ask your child’s permission to audio record the interview so nothing said is forgotten. If you or they don’t want the interview to be audio recorded, we can make written notes instead. NatCen will keep all the recordings and/or written notes securely so that no one else can access them. Our systems are encrypted and password protected.

No need to prepare

There’s no need to prepare for the interview. You don’t need any special knowledge - we just want to hear about your (or your child’s) 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 school or local authority who took part in the interviews.

Everything said in the interview is anonymous. This means we will not tell anyone what has been said, except in few specific circumstances.

We might have to tell someone what has been said in an interview 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 the nature and seriousness of what we have been told, but may involve a number of agencies including the Inquiry and the local authority. 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. More information on our disclosure policy is included in the information sheet which will be shared with all of those invited to participate.

Do I have to take part?

No, you do not have to take part. Even if your school or local authority agrees to take part, individual staff, students and parents will be able to decide themselves whether or not they want to take part. Everyone invited to participate will be able to decide not to take part before and during the interview. It will also be possible to withdraw their contribution at any point after the interview until the end of July, as set out in information sheets given to participants.