Study title: Exploration of Service Providers knowledge and application of the ‘F-Words for Child Development’ in Children’s Disability Services in Ireland

You are being invited to take part in a research study by Yanlin Liu and Dr Hazel Killeen

at University of Galway.

Why is this study being done?

Many changes have taken place over the last 20 years in how Children’s Disability Services are organised and offered. Through research done in Canada, there is now a lot of information available on how to best support children and families to achieve their goals. One of these approaches is called the ‘The F-Words for Child Development’. It focuses on 6 specific F-Words (Fun, Fitness, Function, Family, Friends, Future). It aims to support families, children with disabilities, and health and educational services to maximise the child’s participation in daily life in a holistic way, now and into the future.

The study aims to explore Service Providers knowledge, understanding and attitudes towards the ‘F-Words in Childhood Development’, in the context of Children’s Disability Services in Ireland, to establish the ways Service providers are applying the F-Word framework in practice in Children’s Disability Services, and to explore Service Providers needs and openness to further training in this area.

Your views are very important to us. As well as the research going on, we will ask you for your opinion on how much you value the approach and about your practical experiences of using it with your colleagues or children with disability and their family. In this way we can work out if the approach could serve as a useful framework for other service providers throughout the country.

The study will take 20-30 minutes to complete and can be found here: Questionnaire 

Participant Information Leaflet