Our challenge

It's crucial for research session moderators to make sure consent is truly informed and freely given, and that young participants feel respected and comfortable to take part.

Participants may have missed or misunderstood some points of their consent form they signed, or may have changed their mind about it. 

Some young people don’t have the confidence to ask questions or raise issues in a session.

Our solution

We have developed innovative resources to help when entering a research session

  • consent-on-the-day cards to help researchers start sessions off right, making sure all participants know their rights

  • signal cards so the young people have a practical and easy way to express their needs

Using the cards

signal cards saying: I want to help, I want to leave, I want to answer this

Moderators can use consent-on-the-day cards to reiterate the main principles of informed consent and see if there are any questions or concerns that need working through.

Each card has simple graphics on one side to make the information simpler and more memorable, and a script on the reverse side for the moderator. 

Young people can use signal cards to discreetly let moderators know their needs, concerns, questions or contributions - without calling attention to themselves. Using these cards may be dependent on the participant's age or other factors to be considered.

Each set also has instructions for moderators on how to introduce the signal cards to a group and show how to use them.

Next steps

Our  service design team will test the cards in use. Their feedback will enable us to fine-tune and add more resources to support young people to express themselves.