Research Requests and Information for Students
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is committed to undertaking and supporting research into child sexual abuse. It is vital that we build a stronger evidence base about how children can be best protected from sexual harm in different settings – online, at home, in organisation settings and in communities. One of the ways we contribute to professional knowledge and learning in this field is by considering requests from students and researchers for access to our client groups and staff.
Demand on our services means that our capacity to collaborate with researchers, students and other interested parties is limited. Any requests need to align with our organisation’s research priorities. These are:
- Understanding the impact of the Foundation’s service delivery (helpline, group work, assessments, interventions, work with children and young people)
- Increasing accessibility of our services
- Learning about pathways into – and out of - sexual offending
- Deterrence, early help and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation
We have an internal research ethics committee that meets four times a year to consider research ethics applications.
If you have such a request please email email@example.com, attaching the following:
- Confirmation of any ethical approval you have received from your academic institute or organisation
- Research aims – provide us with clear research questions and aims.
- Methodology – be clear regarding your chosen methodology. This will include any measures that you intend to use. We require information regarding any participants you wish to access, how many participants will be required, the duration of the research, and the location of the research. We will not be able to assist with requests to access large numbers of our clients, or those who are undetected by the authorities due to confidentiality issues.
- Participants – if you wish to access clients, please provide information of your experience of working/interacting with a forensic population. We will be unable to provide access to clients to those without this experience.
- Participant forms – please provide us with copies of your information sheet and consent form, and inform us of how you intend to debrief participants.
- Required resources – please be clear regarding the role you wish us to play, for example participant recruitment, access to staff etc. Please provide us with an estimate of how much of our time you would require. We understand that this will be an estimate but it can help us to consider whether we would be able to meet your expectations. Let us know whether you have access to funding that would allow us to pay clients or staff for their time as part of the proposed research project.
- Timetable – please provide clear start and end dates for your research. We are unable to consider research and/or provide assistance in only a few months. Please ensure you allow plenty of time to collect data.
- Final report – you will need to be prepared to share the final report with us.
Sending us the above does not guarantee that we will be able to assist you. We are also happy to discuss proposals at an early stage of development.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow five working days for a response.
For those seeking other assistance with research projects or dissertations related to child sexual abuse, you can visit our research page for details of research we have conducted. You can also access our annual reports and view media articles and interviews for public comments we have made on certain issues.
For those seeking information about the services we provide, we direct you to our services pages via the links above.
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