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  • Why have I been contacted about this research?

    You have been contacted about this research because we want to hear about how you think a future survey on child abuse could best be delivered.

    - 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 in relation to abuse.

    - If you are a young adult, you have been asked to participate to share your perspective on what it might be like for young people to be asked questions on the topic of abuse in a survey. You will not be asked about any personal experiences 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. In particular, we want to ensure that the research includes the views of parents whose children are victims and survivors of abuse so that the needs of children who may be asked to complete a national survey in future are fully considered.

    - If you have been invited to participate in a professional capacity, we would like to hear your thoughts on options for administering the survey, including ethical and practical considerations relating to local procedures, resource requirements, and approaches to inclusion of particular groups of children, as well as any other key benefits, challenges and considerations.

    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 representative survey on child abuse.

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  • What's involved?

    If you or your child are invited to participate in a research interview, this will involve speaking to one of our researchers at a time convenient to you. If you are invited to take part in a focus group, you will join a discussion with a small group of people who have had similar experiences.

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  • Do I have to take part?

    No, you do not have to take part. Everyone invited to participate will be able to decide not to take part, and you can also change your mind without giving a reason. Everyone who takes part in an  interview or focus group can choose to skip questions or stop at any time. If you take part in a paired interview or focus group, you will be free to withdraw participation up until the point at which the discussion begins. If you take part in an individual interview, it will also be possible to withdraw your contribution at any point after the interview until the data is analysed, as set out in information sheets given to participants.

    Please note that once our findings have been shared outside the research team, we would not be able to change the results by removing individual information. You can request that your personal data held by us be deleted or updated and we will let you know immediately if this is possible or not.

  • Why take part?

    The ONS is keen to understand whether carrying out a UK-wide prevalence study on child abuse would work and, if so, how to ensure that a survey is carried out sensitively. If delivered, a survey would provide valuable information on the scale and nature of child abuse which could inform policy, help to improve support provided to victims and survivors, and reduce the prevalence of abuse. We hope you will agree that this is an important study and that you will consider taking part.

  • Contact us

    For anything not covered here, please call Freephone 0808 168 2153 or email One of our researchers will get back to you to answer your query as soon as possible.

    If you would like to make a complaint about this research, please email or contact us on the number above. You will receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours and your complaint will be dealt with within 7 working days.

  • Who is NatCen?

    We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. For 50 years we’ve worked on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run.

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  • Who is the ONS?

    We are doing this work for the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS independently collect and publish statistics on a range of issues related to the economy, population and society.

  • Our pledge to you

    We understand you may have some questions about our credentials and how we deal with personal information.

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  • Privacy notice

    In our privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted, and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

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