Page 1: About this survey


Hello and thank you for your interest in this survey. This survey is part of a study being conducted by a research team in the School of Allied and Public Health Professions and the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Canterbury Christ Church University. The survey asks questions about how parents and carers use technology- such as phones, computers and tablets-to help them in their role as a carer of a disabled child/children who use/s occupational therapy, speech and language therapy or physiotherapy services. It is being sent to parents and carers through special schools, online support forums and networks. It has 24 questions. The collective results will be used to help develop a research project on technology for parents and carers and apply for funding for this. The survey results may also be used in a research publication such as a journal article. We do not ask for your name or any personal identification in this survey and will not use any identifying information in any report, article or other document. 


The information below gives more detail on the study-please read it before deciding if you would like to participate. 


Investigator/researchers: Eve Hutton & Stephen Webb: School of Allied and Public Health Professions, Canterbury Christ Church University & Joanna Apps: Research Centre for Children Families and Communities, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Who should complete this survey? Parents or carers of a child or young person with a disability or additional needs aged 0-25 years who use/s occupational therapy, speech and language therapy or physiotherapy.

What is this research about? Parent/carers say that technology may help with the everyday challenges of caring for a child/young person at home.  We would like to find out what ideas you have about this.

Confidentiality: All information you provide remains confidential, we ask for no personal identifying information such as your name or address.

How do I take part? To take part all you have to do is complete the online survey/questionnaire. As a voluntary participant you have the right to withdraw at any point during the process. If you have a sudden change of mind, just do not complete the survey and do not click 'done' at the end of the survey. Once you have clicked 'done' at the end of the survey (next to question 24) you will not be able to withdraw your data. If you have any questions please contact the research team by email at

How will my data be used? This survey will inform an application for research funding. We may also use the data from the survey in a report or article about this topic. 


Contact: if you would like to find out more or have any questions about this survey or the research we are conducting contact Eve Hutton, by email at

The study has been reviewed and approved by Canterbury Christ Church University, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Research Ethics Committee. 

Thank you for your time and participation. If you would like to proceed now please answer the following questions to give your consent to participate in the study and then the survey will begin.

1.1. * 1. I confirm that I have read and understood the information above and have contact details of the research team if I have any questions. Required
2.2. * 2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason. Required
3.3. 3. I understand that any personal information that I provide to the researchers will be kept strictly confidential Required
4.4. * 4. I agree to take part in the survey. Required