Phase 2 - Interviews

We are looking for people in England or Scotland, who have spent at least one COVID-19 lockdown period  in their primary dwelling, living with children. We want to explore your experiences of your home in the periods when nurseries and schools have been closed in one family/household interview.  

Participation in Phase 2 involves a one-time interview with all available family members (adults and children) wishing to take part. The interview will take place online (using a link to Microsoft Teams that we will email to you) and will last for around 1 hour. A member of our research team will make sure the interview is arranged at a date and time convenient for you. 

Households will be sent simple prompts for reflection in advance of the interview. You will each be asked to take photographs of the places at home that became important and/or were used in new ways during the COVID-19 lockdown. During the interview we will ask you all to talk about these photographs and reflections. Our discussion will explore the spatial arrangements/changes your family made, the motivations for these changes and the opportunities or limits of your home space for your family life.

Everyone (both children and adults) is welcome to join in with the discussion at any point. However, during the last 10/15 minutes of the interview, children will be invited to talk about their favourite/least favourite spaces during lockdown.

After our interview, we will send you age-appropriate booklets which, if you want, you can use to draw or write about these places, or maybe add anything you didn’t say in our chat. You will be asked to send back any filled booklets digitally or by post after the interview (Stamped addressed envelopes can be provided).

All adult participants and children/young people 14+ years old will need to consent to participation and sign the written consent form. Verbal consent will be sought from each child separately. Any children younger than 14 years present during the interviews will be asked for verbal consent before data collection starts. All participants will be able to withdraw at any stage and the researcher will check at intervals that everyone gives consent to continue. 

An amazon voucher of £25 per family will be sent to compensate you for your time and thank you for your participation


Privacy notice: We will use your name and contact details [email] to contact you about the research study. We will collate any photos that you share and any drawings produced during our discussion. The interview discussion will be recorded through the Microsoft Teams software. We will store this file securely until the end of this study (July 2022). Then we will destroy it. You can withdraw your consent and request your information be destroyed at any time. 

Information you provide that could identify you will be held securely with strict arrangements about who can access the information. More specifically, your audio recordings will be anonymized and stored on encrypted, password-protected Newcastle University software and will be used for the purposes of this study only. All transcriptions will be anonymized. The original (non-anonymized) recordings and your contact details will be stored on encrypted, password-protected Newcastle University software and will be destroyed at the end of this study (July 2022). 

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