Research Participant Information Statement
What is the study about?
You are invited to participate in a study of inter-professional attitudes towards exchanging information, and whether they are different when information is regarding child protection and well-being. We hope to discover some of the differences between professional groups in how they approach information exchange, as well as the complexities faced by professionals when trying to apply policy into practice.
You were selected as a possible participant in this study because of your professional experience and ability to give valuable insight into this topic. If you decide to participate, you will complete an online survey. This survey will contain demographic questions, as well as questions related to your professional history, professional training, attitudes towards child protection and inter-professional collaboration. As the study is online, you will not be required to travel anywhere, and you may complete the survey in your own time at home, or wherever you choose.
Who is carrying out the study?
This research is being conducted by Ms. Amelia Hawkins, toward the completion of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program. It is supervised by Professor Lynne Harris, Head of School, Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
What does the study involve?
As a participant in this study you will be involved in completing an online questionnaire, and providing responses to a possible information exchange scenario.
How much time will the study take?
The questionnaire should take approximately 15 – 25 minutes to complete, including responding to the open ended questions following a case scenario.
Will I incur any costs by participating in the study?
There are no costs associated with participation in the research, and as an offer of appreciation you can enter a prize draw for one of the $50 Westfield gift vouchers by clicking on the link at the end of the survey. This link will take you to a separate but secure website so you can nominate your preferred contact details. These details will be stored separately to your survey responses and not linked in any way. The winners of the gift vouchers will be drawn at random and contacted via email.
Can I tell other people about the study?
Participants are welcome to tell other people about the study and participants will not have access to other's responses.
Will I receive the results of the study?
The results of the research will be written as part of Ms. Amelia Hawkins research for the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) degree. They may also be presented at Academic conferences and submitted to professional or academic journals for publication.
A brief report about the findings will be posted on the facebook site for this study.
Confidentiality and disclosure of information
Any information that is obtained in connection with this study will not be able to be identify you, since all data collected remains anonymous. There is no part of the survey where you need to provide your name or contact details and your identity will remain unknown to the researcher and her supervisor. ISP addresses are collected by Qualtrics, the software platform used to collect data, but these will be deleted prior to data analysis. If you consent to participating in this study, any information that will be presented will not be able to identify you.
Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation in this study is voluntary and you are not under any obligation to consent to complete the survey. Please note that submitting a completed survey is an indication of your consent to participate in the study. You can withdraw any time prior to submitting your completed survey by simply closing your browser window. However, once you have submitted your survey anonymously, your responses cannot be withdrawn. This is because your responses are not attached to you in anyway, so it is not possible to identify your responses.
How can I obtain further information?
If you would like any further information regarding this survey or the study, please contact the supervisor of this study, Professor Lynne Harris (email: Lynne.Harris@acap.edu.au). This research has received full approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, approval number 296030117.
What can I do if I have a complaint or a concern?
Any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should be directed to the:
ACAP HREC Secretary
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Locked Bag 11, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Any complaint will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.
Professor Lynne Harris
If you would like to participate in this study, then please click on the link below to begin the survey.
I have read and understood the above consent form and agree to participate in this study.