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Returning to school and Early Years settings safely during the Covid-19 pandemic

02/10/2020 @ 10:00 - 12:00

Camden and Islington’s Public Health team would like to invite you to share your thoughts and discuss any concerns you might have about children returning to school and/or early years settings like nurseries, pre-schools, etc.

Taking part will help us to offer the right support to families. Groups are open to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Camden and Islington families and carers.

We will be holding several an online group discussion on 2nd October 2020, 10am-12pm.

Taking part is an opportunity to share your experiences and concerns and listen to other’s experiences to.

If you decide to take part in this discussion you will be provided with a £10 shopping voucher as a thank you for your time.

Please get in touch on the contact details below if you’d like to take part.

If you’d like any further information/support or to take part in a group discussion, please contact us on: Sheila.Katureebe@islington.gov.uk

 

Information about event:

London Borough of Islington/London Borough of Camden would like to invite you to share your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and offer the right support to all families, and especially to BAME families around concerns that they might have regarding sending their children back to schools and/or early years settings when the term opens in September 2020. To do this, we would really want to hear from you to understand what specific thoughts, worries and concerns you might have.

This will help us to explore opportunities for us to put helpful initiatives in place, as well as design more effective messages to address these concerns, and hence increase parents’ confidence to send children back to school safely. By the end of the session, we would ideally like to come away with an understanding of what has hindered or might hinder parents’ confidence in sending their children back to school, and get some ideas of where we can focus initiatives to ensure that all children go back to school safely.

 

  1. What is this project about?

This research will focus on understanding people’s experiences of daily life during the Covid-19 pandemic, and particularly, any concerns that you might have or are having about your child/children returning to school in September.

Your feedback will help us to ensure we are able to best support you during this time.

 

  1. What are the project aims?

The aim of the online focus group is to understand your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, , and particularly, any concerns that you might have about your child/children returning to school in September so that we are better able to support residents during this time.

 

  1. Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this project because you are parent and resident of Camden or Islington, and a member of the BAME community in these boroughs.

 

  1. Do I have to take part?

No, it is up to you whether you decide to take part. All information you give us is voluntary.

If you decide to take part but at any point find you are no longer able to participate, you are free to withdraw from the research at any time. Deciding to withdraw from the research will not affect the service(s) you receive from us, either now or in the future.

 

  1. What does taking part involve?

This will involve taking part in an online group discussion lasting approximately one hour. We will ask you questions around your experiences of daily life during the Covid-19 pandemic and any specific concerns and/worries that you might have about sending your children back to school or nursery when the term opens.

 

  1. What will happen if I decide to take part?

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to attend the online group discussion. You will receive a £10 high street shopping voucher as a thank you for your time.

We will gather information about your experiences of daily life during the Covid-19 pandemic and your concerns about returning to school. The information you give us will be stored anonymously within the Public Health Department on encrypted and password-protected computers and in locked cabinets and will not be shared with other departments or partner organisations unless specified. The information collected during this engagement work will only be used for research purposes and will be destroyed after three years.

The online group discussion will be recorded, and this will be transcribed by a research officer in the Public Health team or an external organisation who are bound by data protection regulations and any identifying information removed from the transcript. The recording will be destroyed at the end of the project. The anonymous transcript will be stored on encrypted and password-protected computers held by the research team and destroyed after three years.

  1. Are there any disadvantages or risks involved in taking part?

We do not expect taking part in this research will cause any physical or psychological harm. Taking part in this project will not affect the services you receive in the borough.

 

  1. Are there any benefits to taking part in this project?

We expect the information we collect from this research will help us to improve the support we provide to residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

  1. What if there is a problem?

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact the researchers who will do their best to answer your query. You can contact us on covid19survey@islington.gov.uk and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  1. What will happen at the end of the project?

The findings will be presented in a report shared within the Public Health department and presented to other relevant departments. A summary report will be shared with participants upon request.

  1. Further information and contact details

If you feel affected by any issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, you can contact the ‘We are Islington’ helpline on        020 7527 8222.

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Date:
02/10/2020
Time:
10:00 - 12:00
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