What happens to the data we collect?

We want to inform the intervention and advocacy work of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), policymakers and practitioners. To do this the study findings will be presented at events such as conferences and published in journals, books, on websites and other places including the popular press and the newsletters of NGOs and other interested organisations.

Data protection and confidentiality

The Thomas Coram Research Unit, where the study is being managed, complies with the professional code of conduct of our professional associations and the study has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee at the Institute of Education. In accordance with the ethical procedures of the Institute of Education we ensure that participants will not be identifiable by other people. The information we collect from study participants, through surveys and interviews, is confidential. This means it will not be attributed personally to participants and will be kept anonymous. Any personal details (for example, names, address) will be kept confidential, held securely and not used for any purpose beyond this specific project unless participants have given permission to do so. In line with the data protection act data will be stored for a period of 5 years after the project has been completed. All personal details will be removed from our records on completion of the project unless participants agree that we can keep them to get in touch again.

The research team is highly experienced and has carried out a lot of research with children and families. All researchers have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) checks and carry out their work with regard to the Institute of Education’s (IOE’s) Safeguarding Procedures: Children and Vulnerable Adults.

If I have any other questions?

We hope this page answers questions you may have about confidentiality. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the researchers listed below.

Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU)
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
27/28 Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AA

Dr Rebecca O’Connell Tel: 020 7612 6458; email: r.oconnell@ioe.ac.uk
Dr Abigail Knight Tel: 020 7612 6957; email: a.knight@ioe.ac.uk