Newcastle Clinical Research Facility

Child Volunteers

Information for Child Volunteers and Their Families

Research involving children is very important as it advances our knowledge in the health and well being of our children. All children should be given the opportunity to take part in and benefit from taking part in research.

If you and your family are asked to take part in a research study you will be given an information sheet about the study. You and your family should take some time to read this through and you may also want to talk it through with your family doctor.

This information will tell you all about the study, if there are any risks or benefits and the details of tests you will have as part of the research study.

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent/assent form. Your nurse and doctor will discuss your visits to the hospital and will help you make any travel or accommodation arrangements.

Taking part in a research study is entirely voluntary. If at any time you don’t want to take part in the study anymore you don’t have to, even if you have signed the consent form.

Visiting the CRF

One of the first people you will meet when visiting the CRF is one of our receptionists. They will check your name and address and let the nurse who will be looking after you know that you are here.

The nurse will then take you and your parent or carer to your bed. Our nurses and doctor are all trained in clinical research and will help to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions, they will be happy to help.

We have a TV and DVD player in the CRF as well as a selection of games to help you relax and pass the time. You are welcome to bring your own toys and books. You can also get access to wifi.

There may also be other children visiting the CRF on that day who may be taking part in research themselves.

We can provide breakfast, lunch and evening meals for you and your family.

Before you go home the nurse will arrange the date of your next visit, make sure you have our contact details in case you need to call us and then you are free to go home.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research:

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