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If you are a child or young person in care and we have contacted you about taking part in this study, here are some answers to questions you may have

What will I do?
We would like to talk to you for about an hour, but if you've got a lot to say it could be more. Only one person will come to see you, and this will be either Georgia or Julie who are the researchers on this project.

What will you ask me about?
We will ask you some questions about where you live, your family, and about what it's like having a social worker and independent reviewing officer. There are no right or wrong answers to any question. You can take a break or stop at any point. If you want to stop that's absolutely fine.

Will you tell anyone what I say?
People will read about the things you say to us, but they will not know who said it. We will take out all names and places mentioned. The information you give us will be used by those wanting to improve services for children and young people. The only time we would tell someone else who you have talked about is if we think someone is at risk from being hurt - and we will always talk to you about this first.

How will you remember what I've said?
We would like to record the interview so that we can concentrate on what you are saying rather than having to take lots of notes.

What's in it for me?
We hope that by helping us you can help to improve how things work for children and young people in care. You will receive a certificate and a store voucher of £10.

Will you tell me what you find out?
We can send you a young people's version of the report which is due to be finished in the summer of 2014.

What if I change my mind?
If you want to say or ask anything after we've been to talk to you, then you can. If you change your mind about taking part in the project you can get in touch with us up to one month after the interview and we will withdraw your interview from the study.

The research is being led by Dr Jonathan Dickens at the University of East Anglia. You can contact him at or by telephone on + 44 (0)1603 593634.

Find out how to take part