Information sheet

Participant information sheet

School of Medicine


The experiences of females following disclosures of sexual offending against children online by their partners.  


You are being invited to take part in this study. Please take the time to read this information sheet before agreeing to take part. You can ask any questions before deciding, by contacing the researchers (details below).


We are looking at evaluating the experiences of females who have been in relationships with individuals who have committed/alleged to have committed sexual offences against children online. 

Inclusion criteria

We would like to recruit female volunteers aged 18+ who are currently in a serious, committed relationship or have been in the past with an individual who has/alleged to have committed sexual offences against children online. Participants need to be fluent in English.

Do I have to take part?

Taking part is entirely voluntary. If you wish to do so, please click the NEXT button at the end of this sheet. You are free to withdraw at any time by clicking the X button/closing the browser window.

What will I have to do to take part?

After you click the NEXT button at the bottom of this sheet, you will be presented with a consent form, it is important that you read all the points and tick each box to indicate that you agree. You will then be presented with the study questions. The questionnaire will take around 15 minutes to complete. No background knowledge is required. Please answer each question as honestly and openly as you can. If you feel uncomfortable answering a question you can leave it blank. Your answers will only be uploaded on completion of the questionnaire by clicking the FINISH button on the final page. You will be taken to a Debrief page giving more information about the research topic and details of where you can seek support if you have been affected or upset by the issues raised by the questions.

What are the disadvantages of taking part?

Some of the questions are personal and sensitive and it is possible that you may find the issues raised by some of the questions are upsetting, or make you feel uncomfortable. Please take time to think carefully about whether it might be an upsetting or sensitive topic for you at the moment. Details of support services will be given in the debrief at the end of the study that you can contact if you need to. 

As with any online related activity the risk of breach is possible, but this risk is minimised by using tools that sit on secured webpages and use encryption when handling data. We do not ask for your name and your answers are anonymous when submitted or uploaded. Filters are set up so the research team cannot see, collect or store your IP address.

What are the advantages of taking part?

Your contribution, together with others, will help the researchers to understand more about the experiences of individuals who are/have been in relationships with individuals who have committed sexual offences against children, after the disclosure of the offence. 

Can I change my mind after submitting the questionnaire?

Yes you can, and before starting the questionnaire you will be prompted to create a unique ID code. You will be able to withdraw your answers up to two weeks after you have submitted them by contacting the lead researcher quoting your unique ID code.

Creating an ID code is not compulsory. If you feel confident that you will not want to remove your data from the study within the two week timeframe, then you can leave this blank. 

What will happen to my information?

When you have clicked the submit button at the end of the questionnaire, it will be uploaded into a password protected database with a code number. Your study data is anonymous and confidential and will be stored in a password-protected folder sitting on a restricted access surver at the University under the terms of its data protection policy. Data is kept for a minimum of 7 years and then destroyed.

The questionnaire is for a Doctorate in Forensic Pyschology in training research project and the answers recieved from all participants will be combined in a password protected database ready for analysis. The results will be written up on a dissertation and may be used in academic publications and presentations. The overall anonymised data from this study may be shared for use in future research and teaching (with research ethics approval).

We hold no personal data on you. If you contact us by email asking questions or you need further support, this will be recieved and handled seperately from your completed questionnaire so it cannot be linked. Your email address will only be kept for as long as needed to resolve your query. It will then be destroyed immediately. For further information about how the university processes personal data please see:

Although unlikely, please be aware that if you email us or provide identifying details to us in the questionnaire (e.g. name or address) and then disclose information about an offence that the police are unaware of, or indicate that there is a potential risk to yourself or to anybody else than that information will be passed on to the relevant authorities. 

 How will the data I provide be stored?

The University of Nottingham is the data controller (legally responsible for data security) and the Supervisor of this study (named below) is the data custodian (manages access to the data). Your study data will be used for the purposes of research only. Studies are a task that we perfom in the public interest.

Responsible members of the University of Nottingham may be given access to data for monitoring and/or audit of the study to ensure it is being carried out correctly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact:


Contacts for further information

If you have any questions about this project, you can contact:

Lead Researcher Aimee Johnson email:

or if you have any concerns about any aspect of this study please contact the

Research Supervisor Dr Kevin Browne email:

If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, contact: 

FMHS Research Ethics Committee email: Please quote ref: FMHS REC ref no: 422-2003


If you submit your answers you will not be able to return to this page.