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Here are some common questions about the iCATS project. Please do  contact us  if you have any further questions or would like to know more. 

What is the purpose of the iCATS research project?

Please see the background information on iCATS here.

What will taking part in iCATS involve?

We will ask children, teachers and parents to complete  some  questionnaires.  After completing the questionnaires,  children will have a lesson when they learn about  everyday  fears and worries and how to manage  them. We will offer parents free online and telephone support.  A few months later,  we will ask  all  children, teachers and parents to complete some questionnaires again. 

We  will also ask some  parents, children and teachers  to take part in separate interviews or discussion groups.  Parents can find out more here. Schools can find out more here.

Who is conducting the research?

We are a team of researchers from the University of Oxford. The project is led by Professor Cathy Creswell.

The project is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Will my data be kept safe?

Yes. All information we collect will be kept secure and in confidence.

For more information about how we keep your information safe, please see our Privacy Notice.

What will my child/student be asked to do and how long will it take?

Children will complete a questionnaire which includes questions about the child’s experiences of fears, worries or anxiety, as well as some questions about other feelings, behaviours and their health. The questionnaires will take about 30 minutes. 

After completing the questionnaires,  children will have a lesson where they learn about everyday fears and worries and how to manage  them. We will ask children to complete similar questionnaires again later in the project.  

What is expected of parents? 

Parents will be asked to complete some questionnaires, which includes questions about how much their child experiences anxiety, information about their family and some additional questions about their child’s health, feelings, behaviour and use of services, and their health. We will also ask for their contact details so we can get in touch. 

We  may also arrange to talk to the parent on the telephone and  will offer them a free online intervention.  We will ask parents to complete some questionnaires again later in the project. 

We  will also ask some  parents and children  to take part in separate interviews or discussion groups. Parents can find out more here

What is expected of class teachers?

Teachers will be asked to complete some short questionnaires about each child in their class who is taking part. Questionnaires will take a few minutes per child.

We will also ask teachers to provide some background information about themselves. 

We will ask teachers to complete some questionnaires again later in the project.  Schools can find out more here

What children are eligible to take part in the study?

All children in a Year 4 class that is taking part in the project are eligible. All children will be invited to take part unless their parent/carer decides to opt-out. 

My child isn’t anxious, can we still take part?

Yes! We would like as many children as possible to be involved – we want children who do and don’t struggle with anxiety to take part. 

I don’t want my child to take part – how do I opt-out?

Let your child’s school know.  Parents receive an information leaflet about the project from the school, together with instructions on how to opt-out. 

What if I decide I no longer want to take part after starting the study?

That’s fine – you can stop taking part at any point and you can let the team know.