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This survey is about how COVID-19 has affected family connections for children and young people in care.
"In care" means children and young people who were removed from their parents by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ, used to be called FACS and DOCS) because of child protection concerns.
Thanks for taking time to complete the survey and helping us to learn about your experiences.
We will use survey responses to talk to others about families’ experiences and to advocate for the rights of children in care to stay connected with their families. This is an anonymous survey and you will not be identified.

The questions are mostly multiple choice. Others ask you to describe some of your experiences.In some questions, we ask about “face-to-face” family time. This means seeing your child in-person - not via phone, video, etc.
The survey should take 5-10 minutes.

IMPORTANT
The survey questions relate to your children who are in care and do not live with you.

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* 1. POSTCODES - you and your children who are in care
(This is optional. The information may be useful to identify how things are different across areas and services. If you have more than one child and they live with different carers enter that postcode for each if known. We know you may not always know where they live. Enter NA if you do not know or don’t want to answer)

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* 2. I am completing this survey as the children’s:

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* 3. Which care agency/funded service provider is looking after your children?

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
DCJ (FACS)
Funded service provider/NGO

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* 4. Before COVID-19, were you seeing your children face-to-face and how often?
(face-to-face means seeing your child in-person, not via phone, video, etc.) If you have more than one child in care and their arrangements are different respond for each of the children. If all children have the same arrangements only complete the first line.

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
No
Yes, twice a week or more
Yes, once a week
Yes, once a fortnight/every 2weeks
Yes, once a month/every 4 weeks
Yes, once every 6 weeks
Yes, Once every 2 months/8 weeks
Yes, once every 3 months or less

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* 5. Have your face-to-face family time arrangements changed because of COVID-19?
(If you have more than one child in care and their arrangements are different respond for each of the children. If all children have the same arrangements only complete the first column.

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
No, nothing changed/ things stayed the same
Yes, we have less face-to-face time
Yes, we have no face-to-face time at all

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* 6. Are you currently seeing your children face-to-face for family time?
(If you have more than one child in care and their arrangements are different respond for each of the children. If all children have the same arrangements only complete the first column.

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
No
Yes

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* 7. If you are NOT having face-to-face time with your children,
whose decision was it to stop?
Tick more than one if it was a joint decision - tick those who made the decision together.
Remember, only complete the extra lines if different decisions were made for different children.

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
Not applicable - I am seeing my child
Parent decision
Carer decision
DCJ (FACS) decision
Care agency decision (non-Gov/funder service provider)

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* 8. If you are NOT having face-to-face time with your children, what was the reason for stopping face-to-face time?
(Enter NA if you are seeing your children face-to-face)

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* 9. If you ARE having face-to-face time with your children, has everything stayed the same or have things changed? 
(Remember, only complete the extra lines if different things happened for different children)

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
Not applicable - I am not seeing my children face-to-face
Things stayed the same
Things changed

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* 10. What other ways are you staying in touch with your children?
(Answer this whether you are seeing your children face-to-face or not. Tick more than one for each child if applicable)

  Child 1/ all children Child 2 (if different) Child 3 (if different) Child 4 (if different) Child 5 (if different)
Phone calls
Video calls (e.g., FaceTime. Skype, Zoom, Messenger, WhatsApp, etc.)
Social media (e.g., Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram)
Writing letters and cards
Drawing pictures

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* 11. What support has DCJ (FACS) or the care agency offered you to stay in touch with your children?

If you want, you can tell us some more about how COVID-19 has affected your children's family time. Answer one or more of the questions below.

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* 12. How is this situation impacting you emotionally and mentally?

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* 13. What are you worried about for you and your children right now?

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* 14. What has helped you and your family?

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* 15. Anything else you want to tell us ...

– Thank you for taking time to complete this survey –
We will use survey responses to talk to others about families’ experiences and to advocate for the rights of children in care to stay connected with their families.

For information about COVID-19 for families with children in care, check out the links and information on the FISH webpage at https://finclusionh.org/covid-19-information/
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