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Research note. Gaining access to looked after children for research purposes: lessons learned

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in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 867-872
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/30.6.867
Research note. Gaining access to looked after children for research purposes: lessons learned

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This article provides a researcher's account of gaining access to looked after children for the purpose of conducting a study of children's experiences of family life. Based on a research project involving two social services departments, it gives a stepwise account of the process, from approaching social services directors to actually gaining access to looked after children. It describes the different methods of allowing access employed by the two departments and the advantage and disadvantage attached to each method from a researcher's perspective. It provides information about the timespan involved and the delays experienced in contacting social services staff. It discusses the issue of adults' involvement in preventing children from participating in research and the effect this has on the number of children researchers are able to contact.

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Subjects: Social Work

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