The Queensland Family and Child Commission is asking young people what it’s like growing up in Queensland during COVID-19.

We’re asking questions about the impact of lockdowns. We're also collecting young people's suggestions about how government and community leaders could best communicate information about COVID-19. 

If you’re aged 13-18, we want to hear from you!

You can have your say until 31 October 2021.

Doing the survey will take around 5 minutes. If you have any problems completing the survey online, please email growingupQLD@qfcc.qld.gov.au or phone us 07 3900 6000.

Please carefully read the Information Sheet below before beginning the survey.

Information Sheet for participants

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is asking young people what it’s like growing up in Queensland during COVID-19. This sheet tells you about the Growing Up in Queensland: Living through COVID survey to help you decide if you want to take part.

What is Growing Up in Queensland?
Growing Up in Queensland is a project that hears from children and young people from all over Queensland. This survey is one way you can share your views with government.
The survey asks about:

Your experience of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, nearly 6,000 young Queenslanders did the Growing Up in Queensland survey. This year, we hope to hear from many young people about their lives during COVID.

What does the survey involve?
Participation in any research is voluntary. You do not have to take part if you don’t want to.
Doing the survey involves answering questions by clicking responses or writing answers. If there’s a question you don’t want to answer, you can skip it.
Doing the survey online will probably take around 5 – 10 minutes. If you want to do the survey on paper rather than online, please email or phone us (our details are below).
You can print this Participant Information Sheet if you like.

What if I change my mind?
It’s ok to change your mind. If you start the survey and change your mind, you can exit the survey by closing the page.

What are the possible risks of taking part?
The survey doesn’t ask you to discuss any sensitive issues, but it is possible you may feel upset when answering some of the questions (like a question about the worst thing about lockdowns). If you think the survey questions will upset you, we suggest you do not take part. It’s ok to say no, and nobody has to know why.
Also, if you are experiencing emotional issues like depression or anxiety, we suggest you do not take part. This is because you may feel upset when answering some of the survey questions. Your wellbeing matters to us.

What if I get upset during or after the survey?

If you feel upset during the survey, please stop participating. If you feel upset after the survey, please talk to your parents/guardians or another adult who cares for you (e.g. teacher, family member).
There are free, confidential support services that are available at any time by phone or online. These services are:

Kids Helpline –                   1800 551 800                     https://kidshelpline.com.au/ for email & web chat

Youth Beyondblue –       1300 224 636                     www.youthbeyondblue.com

Headspace –                       1800 650 890                     www.eheadspace.org.au for online support

Reachout –                                                                         www.reachout.com

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
This is your opportunity to tell adults your thoughts about the way leaders talk about COVID. So, you might feel good about having your say and knowing your opinions are being heard by the government. However, there are no direct rewards for taking part.

What will my answers be used for?
Survey responses will help adults understand the type of information you want to receive about COVID, and how you want to receive it. We will share project findings with decision makers, people who provide services to young people, and the general community. We’ll do this by writing reports or factsheets, doing presentations, and putting information on the internet. We’ll also give the reports of factsheets to the State Library of Queensland. The library will keep this in their Queensland Memory – it’s like a time capsule!
In 2020 we created a report called Voices of Hope from the views and opinions of young Queenslanders. Many adults read this report and learned about what was important to people your age in 2020. You can see the report here: www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/kids/listening/growing-queensland.

Will people know what I said?
Nothing you say in the survey can be linked back to you. When we publish or present results of this project, you will not be identified.
We will give a report or factsheets about the findings to the State Library of Queensland so other researchers can find out what life was like for young people in Queensland during COVID. However, the report and factsheet will not identify you.
If you need help to understand and answer the survey, please ask an adult you trust (like a family member or social worker) to help you. If an adult helps you answer the survey, they will know what you’ve said.
Remember, we want to know what YOU think.

What if I feel worried or have a complaint about the project?
Before we start a project, we must get permission from a Human Research Ethics Committee, or HREC for short. Their job is to make sure that the project is safe, and that everyone who participates will be protected. If you feel worried about the project, or would like to make a complaint, you can contact the following person:
                HREC Coordinator (THHS HREC)
                Phone: (07) 4433 1440
                Email: TSV-Ethics-Committee@health.qld.gov.au

What do I do now?
If you want to do this survey, it is important that you understand the information in this sheet. If you do not understand the information, ask an adult to help you, or contact us (our details are below).
It’s a good idea to let your parent / guardian know you want to do this survey, so they can let you know if they think you shouldn’t do it (e.g. if they think you might become upset as a result of taking part).
When you’ve understood the information in this sheet and if you want to do the survey, tick the box at the end of this sheet to tell us you understand the information about the survey. Then press “start survey”.
If you don’t want to do the survey, that’s ok. Just close this webpage.
By clicking the “submit” button at the end of the survey, you are telling us you consent to taking part in the survey, and the project team collecting and using your answers.

Who can I contact for more information?
The Growing Up in Queensland project team can help with any questions. The person leading the research is Dr Andrea Kittila.  Email growingupQLD@qfcc.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3900 6000. 

Privacy statement
If you take part in the survey, the Queensland Family and Child Commission will collect your thoughts and opinions. We will collect this information to share the views and experiences of children and young people with decision makers and the community, and to promote the Growing Up in Queensland project.
Your information may be shared with government agencies, non-government organisations and the public. However, we will not link your name to anything you say in the survey.
Government agencies, non-government organisations and the public may share your personal information with other government agencies, other non-government organisations and other members of the public.
We will only use your information for the purposes described in this information sheet. It will otherwise not be used or disclosed unless authorised or required by law. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009.