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Your Future your Voice | Survey information for parents

 

Tearfund and the Youthscape Centre for Research have launched a youth survey to find out how young people feel about issues of social and environmental justice.

 

What is this research about?

Hi, I’m Dr Lucie Shuker and I am the Director of Research at Youthscape, a Christian charity that develops and shares resources with the wider Church. We have been funded by the charity Tearfund, to do a study exploring the experiences and perspectives of Christian young people aged 14-19. In particular, we are exploring what these young people think about the challenges the world is facing (e.g. climate injustice), and their experiences of how churches respond to these.

What does it mean for my child to be involved?

We are asking youth workers to share the link to a short survey with young people aged 14-19. Because your child is 14 or over, we are assuming that they are capable of making a decision about whether or not they want to be involved. Completing the survey is completely voluntary and they can skip over any questions they want to.

The survey is anonymous, and no one will know that your child took part. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and there is the chance to enter a prize draw to win £100 of high street vouchers. If they wish to enter the prize draw, young people will enter their contact details securely on a different web page to the survey, and all details will be deleted by 10thAugust when the winner has been drawn.

Information from the survey will be used to write a report that will be published jointly by Youthscape and Tearfund and will be available online for free. If we use any quotes from children and young people, these will be reported anonymously.

 

How do I know it’s been well thought through?

The design of this study has been reviewed by the Youthscape Research Advisory Board, and an ethical protocol has been approved by the Youthscape Centre for Research Ethics Committee. This provides a framework for how we conduct and report the research, including how we take an ethical approach to doing research with children under 18. If you would like us to send you a copy of this ethical protocol or have any other questions please email lucie.shuker@youthscape.co.uk.

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