What you need to do
It is considered good practice to provide participants with a separate participant information sheet in advance and to allow sufficient time for a decision to be made . Informed consent must be given on a consent form which must be signed by participants before the start of any project. Participants should then be provided with a copy of their signed consent form.
An exception to obtaining a signed consent form can be made for questionnaires completed online. In this case, a statement should be provided on the front page that indicates that the participant is consenting to participate in a study by completing and submitting the questionnaire. The statement should be repeated at the end of the questionnaire before submission takes place.
Although informed consent for a child to participate may have been obtained from a child's parent or guardian, it is good practice also to inform the child fully of the research in a manner appropriate to their age.