Participant Information Sheet
Dissertation on if individuals with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder are at risk of wrongful prosecution by police and the CJS
My name is Arlene Anderson and I am conducting this research as a student in the BASS/Hons programme at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK.
What is the study about?
The purpose of this study is to compile information from individuals whom are not neuro-typical and have had contact with police and the CJS. The focus will be a link between negative experiences and lack of training into ASD.
Why have I been approached?
You have been approached because the study requires information about the experiences of those who have had contact with police and the Criminal Justice System.
Do I have to take part?
No. It’s completely up to you to decide whether or not you are willing to take part in the research.
What will I be asked to do if I take part?
If you decide you would like to take part, you would be asked about your personal experience of contact with police and the CJS.
Will my data be Identifiable?
The information you provide will remain anonymous. Direct quotes will be essential to the research, however data collected for this study will be stored securely and only the researchers conducting this study will have access to this data:
o Audio recordings will be destroyed and/or deleted once data analysis has been completed.
o Hard copies of online responses will be kept in a locked cabinet and destroyed following data analysis.
o The files on the computer will not be able to be accessed by anyone else and the computer is password protected. At the end of the study, files will be deleted.
o The typed version of your interview will be made anonymous by removing any identifying information including your name. Anonymised direct quotations from your interview may be used in the reports or publications from the study, so your name will not be attached to them.
o Personal data will be confidential and will not be recorded alongside your interview responses.
There are some limits to confidentiality: if what is said in the interview makes me think that you, or someone else, is at significant risk of harm, I will have to break confidentiality and speak to a member of staff about this. If possible, I will tell you if I have to do this.
What will happen to the results?
The results will be summarised and reported for the dissertation and could be submitted for publication in an academic or professional journal. Direct quotes may be used where appropriate.
Are there any risks?
There are no risks anticipated with participating in this study. However, if you experience any distress following participation you are encouraged to inform the researcher and contact the resources provided at the end of this sheet. This study will be reviewed and approved by the University ethical committee.
Are there any benefits to taking part?
Although you may find participating interesting, there are no direct benefits in taking part for the individual.
Where can I obtain further information about the study if I need it?
If you have any questions about the study, please contact the main researcher: Arlene Anderson, Glasgow Caledonian University.
If you wish to make a complaint or raise concerns about any aspect of this study and do not want to speak to the researcher, you can contact:
Bill Hughes, Professor of Sociology
0141 331 3330
Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road,
Glasgow, G4 0BA
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet. Your participation in the study is greatly appreciated.
Resources in the event of distress
Should you feel distressed either as a result of taking part, or in the future, the following resource may be of assistance
The National Autistic Society
0808 800 4104