We have been approached by Jack McKinlay, a Research Assistant working with Researchers at the University of the West of Scotland (Dr Zara Brodie, Dr Roxanne Hawkins and Dr Chloe MacLean). Their research project is looking into domestic abuse during COVID-19 lockdown and may be relevant to the families using your centre. Their contact details can be found below. Please do share this with your families as appropriate. Jack writes:

“We recently received funding from the UKRI Rapid COVID-19 Response Fund. This funding is to investigate domestic abuse victims/survivors’ and service users of domestic charities/helplines about their experience of domestic abuse during COVID-19 lockdown. This research will take place in the form of an anonymous online questionnaire, with an option for a confidential follow-up interview. We are currently working with several UK domestic abuse charities/helplines, but it is important to us that our sample is as diverse and representative as possible which is why we have contacted the National Association of Child Contact Centres and the accredited contact centre you have a connection with.

We hope that with this research we will be able to get a wider and greater understanding of the nature of abuse during COVID-19, the impact it has had on others in the household, and what changes may be required for service users following this time.

If you wish to participate in the research, or find out more, then the link to the survey is below. All survey respondents will receive a £5 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part. Those who wish to take part in an interview following this will receive an additional £20 Amazon voucher:


I should note that an intensive ethical review process has already been undertaken at our institution to ensure that all data collected is anonymous and confidential. All data is anonymised, and you will not be personally identified in any way during the final write up of the research findings.

Thank you in advance for your support with our research, we greatly appreciate it.

If there are any other questions, then please do not hesitate to ask.”

Jack McKinlay, Research Assistant, University of the West of Scotland Jack.McKinlay@uws.ac.uk

On behalf of the head researchers:

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