Participant Information Sheet

Exploring the experiences of clinical psychologists in involving parents/carers of young people who are engaged in self-harming behaviour

My name is Molly Rhinehart and I am conducting this research as part of my studies on the DClinPsy programme at Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of clinical psychologists who have made a decision about involving parents/carers in interventions addressing a young person's deliberate self-harm. The study hopes to develop an understanding of the internal and external factors which have influenced clinical psychologists in making this decision. The study also hopes to consider how this involvement was facilitated, and the impact of this on the young person and future, similar decisions.

Why have I been approached?

You have been approached because the study requires information from people who are working as a clinical psychologist in CAMHS in the UK (or who have previously worked in this setting) and you have indicated that you have experienced involving parents/carers in this particular manner.

Do I have to take part?

No. It's completely up to you to decide whether or not you take part, and you will be able to withdraw at any point during the interview or up to two weeks following the interview.

What will I be asked to do if I take part?

If you decide you would like to take part, you would be asked to participate in an interview with the researcher, lasting for approximately 30 - 60 minutes. This interview may take place face to face in a mutually agreed location, or through Skype if this is not possible. The interview will be audio recorded, and I will analyse the interviews to see if similar themes emerge. Please note that if you chose to take part in the interview via Skype, it cannot be guaranteed that this method is completely secure.

Will my data be identifiable?

The transcribed version of your interview will be made anonymous by removing any identifying information, including your name and workplace. All documents (including scanned signed consent forms) will be password-protected and stored electronically on a secure drive (Lancaster University VPN).

Anonymised, direct quotes from your interview may be used in the report or a publication from the study; your name will note be attached to these. Audio recordings of the interviews will be deleted once they have been transcribed. All of your personal data will be confidential and kept separately from your interview responses.

There is a limit to the confidentiality provided in the interview. If what is said during the interview makes me concerned that you or someone else is at significant risk of harm, I will have to break confidentiality and speak to my research supervisors about my concern. If possible, I will tell you if I have to do this.

The data collected for this study will be stored securely and only the researchers conducting this study will have access to this data.

What will happen to the results?

The results will be summarised and reported as part of my service-related project (SRP) and may be submitted for publication in an academic journal or as a poster presentation.

Are there any risks?

There are no risks anticipated with participating in this study. However, if you experience any distress following participation you are encouraged to inform the researcher and contact the resources provided at the end of this sheet.

Are there any benefits to taking part?

Although you may find participating interesting, there are no direct benefits in taking part.

Who has reviewed the project?

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.

Where can I obtain further information about the study if I need it?

If you would like to take part in the study, or have any questions, please contact the main researcher:

Molly Rhinehart, Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YG.
Please email me on:

The project is supervised by:

Dr Craig Murray, Senior Lecturer.
Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YG.
01524 592730

Dr Ian Rushton, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead.
CAMHS Wigan, 155 - 57 Manchester Road, Higher Ince, Wigan, WN2 2JA.
01942 775400


If you wish to make a complaint or raise concerns about any aspect of this study and do not want to speak to the researcher, you can contact:
Professor Bill Sellwood
Tel: (01524) 593998
Programme Director
Division of Clinical Psychology
Furness Building
Lancaster University

If you wish to speak to someone outside of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, you may also contact:

Professor Roger Pickup
Tel: +44 (0)1524 593746
Associate Dean for Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
(Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences)
Lancaster University

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet.

Resources in the event of distress

Should you feel distressed either as a result of taking part, or in the future, the following resources may be of assistance:

GP - Your GP will be able to signpost you to access relevant support if needed.

Samaritans - Provide 24 hour support, 365 days a year on 116 123.

MIND - Provide support Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm on 0300 123 3393.

You may also wish to talk with your clinical supervisor about any issues raised during the interview, or contact your trust's employee wellbeing service.