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SPaCE Version 1.0

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Support for Parent Carers in England (SPaCE)



  • Contact name

    Gretchen Bjornstad

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of Exeter

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 4 months, 30 days

  • Research summary

    Many parent carers of children with special educational needs or disability struggle with their mental health. In this study, we want to see whether parent carers who struggle with their mental health are being identified by the health or social services that they are in contact with, and what kinds of support or treatment they are getting.

    We will survey parent carers to ask them about whether they have been asked about their mental health and if they have been signposted or referred for any help. We will also ask professionals how they identify and support parent carers who may need help for their mental health. We will ask some parent carers to take part in interviews to find out more about their experiences accessing mental health support and treatment in detail.

    We will use this information to learn about whether many parent carers in England might not be getting the support or treatment that they need for their mental health, as well as learning about where there are examples of services providing good support for parent carers. We will produce a map that shows how parent carers are supported in different ways around England.

    We plan to use the information from this research to develop ideas about how we can improve the ways that services identify and support parent carers who may need more support for their mental health.

  • REC name

    East Midlands - Derby Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    30 Nov 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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