1. PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET June  2018

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA MIGHT GET THE ATTENTION OF THE RIGHT FAMILIES AND INCREASE FOSTER CARER NUMBERS

You are being asked to take part in a research study on the motivations and demographics of foster carers – both current and potential and how marketing messages and initiatives might be shaped by this, to increase interest and action at the right time in people's decision-making process.

Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why this study is being done and what it will involve.  Please take time to read the following information carefully and decide whether or not you wish to take part.  Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

WHAT IS THE STUDY ABOUT?
This study is looking at reducing the critical under-supply of available foster carers.

WHO IS DOING THIS STUDY AND WHY?
In addition to being the Marketing and Development Manager at Progress, I am also an MBA student at the University of Leicester. I am doing this study for my dissertation.  I am supervised by Dr Vincent Pieterse at the University Of Leicester School Of Business. 

WHY HAVE YOU BEEN CHOSEN?
I am inviting you to take part in this study as someone who I think would be able to provide some valuable opinions about the motivations of people who foster.

DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE PART?
It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part.  You do not have to give a reason.
 
PARTICIPANTS’ RIGHTS
If you do decide to take part you can request a copy of this information sheet to keep.  You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be destroyed. You have the right to omit or refuse to answer any question that is asked of you. You have the right to have your questions about the procedures answered. If you have any questions as a result of reading this information sheet, you should ask the researcher before the study begins.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF YOU AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
You will need to complete the questionnaire which follows this page.  This will take around 10 minutes.

WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTED ABOUT YOU?
In the questionnaire, I will ask you some information about what motivated you to foster or  is motivating you to apply. I will ask about potential marketing messaging and your motivations to support and/or mentor potential and new foster carers. 

CONFIDENTIALITY/ANONYMITY
Any information you supply to me will be treated confidentially in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Any information you provide will not be given to anyone else. You are responding anonymously.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS IN TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
This study will help understand how to effectively attract and support the right people and will aid the industry in increasing available family placements. 

ARE THERE ANY RISKS IN TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
There are no risks in taking part in this study.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE STUDY FINISHES
The results of the study will help the agency to shape marketing messages and will be presented in my dissertation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If you have further questions about the study, you are welcome to contact me via my university e-mail address: aefw1@student.le.ac.uk or at Progress via email: awestley@progresscare.co.uk. 

If you have any questions about the ethical conduct of this research please contact the School’s Ethics Officer at the following e-mail address: vp111@leicester.ac.uk. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

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