Page 1: The experiences of children and young people whose parent is in prison during the Covid-19 Pandemic

General Information

I am a researcher from the University of Oxford, and I am conducting a study into the experiences of children and young people whose parents are in prison during the COVID-19 lockdown. I have been researching the experiences of children whose parents are in prison for ten years, and I would like to hear about how the lockdown has affected children, young people, and their families and their ability to obtain support.

Please find below some information that will help you decide whether you wish to take part in the online survey. It will take about 15 minutes to complete. Please note that you may only take part if you are aged over 18 years, and that in order to complete the survey you must tick the box at the bottom of this information, asking you to confirm that you are aged over 18 years and that you agree to take part.


What happens if I agree to take part?

Participating in the survey is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any point during the survey, by closing the browser, before you submit your answers at the end of the survey. If you withdraw before the end of the survey without clicking ‘submit’, none of your answers will be stored.

If you agree to take part in the anonymous survey, you will be asked to answer a series of questions about the experiences of the child you care for, and your own experiences during the lockdown. I will not ask you to provide any information that could potentially identify you (such as names of people or places) or record any personal information about you – all of the information you provide will be completely anonymous.

I understand that you may find it distressing to think about and reveal your personal experiences of looking after a child whose parent is in prison at this time, and although I am unable to provide you with any direct support, contact details of support groups are provided at the end of the survey. You do not have to answer every question – if you do not feel comfortable answering a question you can tick ‘prefer not to say’ and skip forward to the next question.


How will my data be used?

Your answers to all questions will be anonymous and will be kept confidential. Only JISC Surveys and the University of Oxford are the data controllers and will determine how your data is used. The researcher (Dr Shona Minson ) will have access to your survey answers, and will only use your data for the purposes of the research project as outlined above. Your data will be stored in a password protected file on a secure University network, and your IP address will not be stored. Research data will be under protective storage for a minimum of three years, before being securely destroyed. Further information about your rights with respect to your personal data is available from


The answers to the questions that you provide will be analysed by the researcher and used to inform academic publications, presentations at academic and practitioners conferences, and publications prepared for practitioners. I will ensure that any personal data that could be used to identify you is removed or anonymised prior to any findings being published or presented.

This research project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Oxford Central Research Ethics Committee, reference R67748/RE002



If you have any queries about taking part in this survey, please email Dr Shona Minson ( who will respond as soon as she can to your query.

If you are unhappy with her response to your query, or wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the relevant Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford. Their details are as follows:

Chair, Social Sciences & Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee;

Email:; Address: Research Services, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.

The Chair will seek to resolve the matter in a reasonably expeditious manner.


Many thanks for your time and I hope that you are willing to take part.


1.1. I confirm that I am aged over 18 years Required
2.2. I confirm that I consent to take part in the online survey Required

In this survey the government imposed restrictions on going out during the pandemic are called 'lockdown'. If the question is referring to isolation for health reasons when you cannot leave the house at all, it will be called 'self-isolation'. 

3.3. What is your relationship to the child you look after?
4.4. What is your age?
6.6. Which category best describes your annual household income before lockdown?
8.8. What is your relationship to the person who is in prison?

Experiences of contact with parent in prison during lockdown

11.11. How long have you been subject to government 'lockdown' rules? (approximate number of weeks)
12.12. Within that time has your household had to self-isolate for 14 days or longer?
a.12.a. Have members of your household had symptoms of the corona virus?
a.18.a. Do you know if there have been cases of corona virus in the prison in which they are held?
b.18.b. Have they been considered for early or temporary release due to the corona virus impact on prisons?