Help & Advice15th July 2014

Talking About Child Protection

Research aiming to improve support in deaf child protection cases

by Sarah Lawrence

What do you think?

Talking about Child Protection

Information leaflet for disabled people interested in our research

Talking about Child Protection

This leaflet is about a project by researchers at The Child Protection Research Centre.  We want to improve the support for young deaf and/ or disabled people who have been hurt or harmed.

We want to find out about your experiences.  We want to ask disabled people who have been hurt or harmed about the support you received:

  • Did you get any support at the time?
  • Who gave you support?
  • What did you think about the support you got from people trying to help you?
  • What other things helped you?

If you would be interested in giving us your views, someone from The Child Protection Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh will meet with you to ask you some questions - Audrey Cameron or Anita Franklin.


One of us will to come to see you.  We will meet with you in a place where you feel comfortable.  You can choose.

The first time we meet:

We would like to have a chat with you to:

  • Get to know each other,
  • Explain more about the project,
  • Ask if you want to give your views and  
  • If you agree, you will be asked to sign a consent form.   
  • Audrey is deaf and she will bring a BSL/English interpreter if required.

This meeting will be short, no longer than half hour.

The second time we meet:

We will:

  • Ask you questions about the support that you had or not having support.

This informal meeting will take no more than 1 hour.

Other things you need to know:

  • You do not have to answer all the questions.
  • You can change your mind about taking part at any time.
  • You can come by yourself or you can come with someone to help you.
  • If you agree, we would like to talk to a support worker (if you have one) to ask if you need any help with communication. This will help us know the sort of questions to ask you.
  • We will pay for your travel to the meetings (e.g. bus or taxi or train).
  • If you need any help to take part in the project, we will do everything we can to support you.
  • To help us to remember what you have said we would like to, with your permission, either audio or video-record the discussion.  The recording will not have your name on it and will be kept in a private place in the University.
  • If you do not want to be filmed, we can relay your responses so that the camera is not pointed at you.   
  • At the end of the project we will write a report, which we hope, will be read and discussed by those working in Child Protection in the UK.  The report findings will also be made available in easy read, BSL and audio formats.
  • Your name will not be mentioned in any reports.
  • All the information we collect will be kept for five years and then destroyed.  
  • We will not tell anyone what you tell us.  But if you or someone else is being hurt or harmed we have to tell someone.
  • By sharing your experiences, you will be helping other people who are also being hurt or harmed.

If you want to know more about the research project you can contact Audrey Cameron or Deborah Fry

Tel: 0131 651 6259
ooVoo – ID:  childprotectionstudy

Or write to ….
The University of Edinburgh/ NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre,
The Moray House School of Education,
The University of Edinburgh, St. Leonard’s Land, Room 3.29, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ.
Professor Julie Taylor:  Principal Investigator


If you would like to complain about any aspect of the study, the NSPCC has established a complaints procedure. To complain about the study, you can do so to any NSPCC member of staff, volunteer, or local office. Alternatively, please email, call 020 7825 2775, you can then ask to speak to Jeff Mesie and inform them that the name of the project is:

Talking about Child Protection

To help us respond to your comment or complaint effectively, please tell us which of our studies it relates to. Also, please include your full name, contact details, and let us know how you would like us to contact you.

You could also write to the NSPCC Information Service at:
NSPCC Weston House
42 Curtain Road

Further details of our complaints procedures can be found here:

Article by Sarah Lawrence

posted in Community / Help & Advice

15th July 2014