It will involve a randomised sample of parents in each Scottish local authority area that participates in Realigning Children’s Services. Interviewers will carry out face-to-face interviews in the homes of families with a child or children 0-8 years of age.

There will be a face-to-face interview in the home, which will take about 30 minutes to complete. There will be a mixture of questions asking about parental behaviour, feelings and circumstances which impact on the child’s wellbeing, as well as measures of the child’s behaviour, feelings and circumstances.

The parent survey work begins in January 2017.

No. Taking part is entirely voluntary. If you do choose to take part, you do not have to answer all the questions and you can stop at any point in the questionnaire if you do not wish to continue.

The survey is part of a wider programme designed to improve services for children and to make your local area a better place for children to grow up.

All the information from the survey will always be confidential and secure – this means nobody outside the study team will be able to see it. It will also be impossible to identify anybody from the published results.

There is particular interest in looking at children’s health and wellbeing. Basic analysis within each area will be provided by ScotCen Social Research – the contractor for the primary school survey. As part of the Realigning Children’s Services programme, participating Community Planning Partnerships will also be given wider guidance and support in interpreting and using the survey data. This will focus, in particular, on the limits of the data in terms of sample and sub-sample sizes.

Data will be deposited in the UK Data Archive. It is then publicly available via specific access requests and agreements about data use. It will adhere to best practice principles on data analysis and data protection with regard to not making variables/sub groups of less than 10 available.

Towards the end of 2017. Each CPP will receive a wellbeing report which includes results from the parent survey.

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