Frequently Asked Questions for Parents / Caregivers

How do I remove my child's information after they've done the survey?

If you changed your mind about your child’s inclusion in the Middle Childhood Survey it was possible to directly withdraw the child from the survey until 30 October 2015. Their data was withdrawn and destroyed. After October 30 data is de-identified for provision to the research team, so removal of a specific child’s responses is no longer possible.

How can I speak to someone about this research?

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

NSW Child Development Study UNSW
c/- The O'Brien Centre, Level 4
St Vincent's Hospital
394-404 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Telephone (toll- free): 1800 901 922


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What if my child was upset after the survey?

Taking part in this study is not likely cause upset to you or your child. The survey questions have been used previously in large studies of children aged 8-12 years without causing distress.

The survey asked about children’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and experiences. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions.

However, for a few people, sometimes the types of questions asked in the survey might make them think about something upsetting or distressing in their life. If this happens, please talk to someone about it.

If your child becomes upset and you would like support for your child, you can contact the child’s teacher, principal, school counsellor, or school chaplain.

If your child prefers to talk to someone who doesn’t know them personally, they can call Kids Helpline (1800 551 800), which is a free call from your home phone, a payphone, and even a mobile phone.

If you would like to talk to someone about things that upset you or your child, we encourage you to call Parentline (1300 301 300, a free call, except from some mobile phones) or Lifeline (131114; calls from mobiles are free, and local charges apply from landlines).

If you would like to raise any concerns about the study with the research team, you can contact us on our free study helpline: 1800 901 922.

For more information about the study, you can contact the NSW Child Development Study free helpline on 1800 901 922.