Information Sheet for Parents/Guardians of Children & Young People Participating in

The Sensory Lens: An evaluation of sensory ethnographic filmmaking practices through the documentation of amateur boxing in Cork.

The Sensory Lens is a project funded by UCC Film & Screen Media.

Purpose of the Study: The Sensory Lens is looking at the sensory and community aspects of the sport of amateur boxing in Cork, including sights, sounds and smells, as well as physical and community interactions within the sport.

What will the study involve? The study involves collecting data from children and adults over 12 years old who are, or have been, directly involved with Cork Amateur Boxing. Participants will be asked a number of questions about training and competing in boxing, with an emphasis on the sights, sounds and emotional responses to the sport of boxing. We invite your child’s participation in an interview in March/April/May at their boxing club. A researcher from our team at UCC will conduct an interview with children/young people, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Furthermore, the researcher will attend training sessions and tournaments and capture footage to be used in a documentary film.

Once you have completed the consent form, please place it in the envelope provided, seal it, and return it to your child’s Boxing Club with your child on or before March 27th. You can keep the information sheet and the second blank copy of the consent form for your records.

Why has your child been asked to take part? Your child has been asked to take part in the research because they attend a Cork-Based Boxing Club, which was invited and has agreed to participate in The Sensory Lens project.

Do I or my child have to take part? No, participation is voluntary. You will be asked to sign a consent form for yourself and on behalf of your child. Your child will also be asked to sign an assent form. If you do not give permission, your child cannot participate. Both you and your child have to agree to proceed with participating in the study. You and your child have the option of withdrawing from the study, even if you have agreed to participate. Once your child has completed their involvement, they can still withdraw up until [2-6 weeks] after the completion of the project (the anticipated project completion date is September 2023).

Will you and your child’s participation in the study be kept confidential? Video recordings are not confidential in nature; any video or sound recordings of your child can remain confidential if you so wish and will be excluded from the edited (public) version of the documentary film. At any point, you may request to anonymise or remove your child’s contribution to the project by emailing me

at: We are collecting data for research purposes and for a documentary film, so we gather only a minimum of personal data (name and email address or telephone number) to record consent. This information will be stored securely and separately from any interview or documentary footage collected. Your personal data will be processed and handled in accordance with European legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679. Access to personal data will be highly restricted (project researchers only), and no attempt will be made to link personal data to interview responses. Ten years after the completion of the project, your personal data and the research data will be erased. Your and your child’s answers to the questions on the survey will be tagged with an anonymous identifier made up of letters and numbers.

What will happen to the information you and your child give? The responses from your child will become part of a securely stored database and may also be used in a documentary film, along with data from other participants. The research team will use this data for research related to documentary filmmaking techniques and sensory ethnography (a type of documentary film that places emphasis on the senses). The footage of your child may or may not be included in a documentary film that will be screened publicly. If you would rather your child not appear in any public screenings of the documentary film, you can contact with your request up to 6 weeks prior.

What will happen to the results? It is expected that the results of this study will be published in an academic article for the purpose of a PhD qualification, as well as on the project website. After the project has finished, anonymised data may be made available to other researchers, but only once we have ensured that it is not possible to identify any individual person from it. The documentary footage will also be used to create a cinematic film that will be displayed publicly at various film festivals. You and your child will be invited to a private screening 8 weeks prior to any public screenings and will be given an opportunity to withdraw.

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part? We don’t envisage any negative consequences for you or your child in taking part.

What if there is a problem? At the end of their participation, we will discuss with the children how they found the experience and how they are feeling. If they feel distressed, we will talk to their club coach/trainer. If you have any issues, you should contact the UCC research team (details below). We can provide contact information for support services.

Who has reviewed this study? Approval has been given by the UCC Social Research Ethics Committee, and all members of the research team visiting schools have been Garda vetted.

Any further queries? If you need any further information, you can contact:

Dan O’Connell (Lead Researcher):, 0833348285

If you agree to allow your child(ren) to take part in the study, please fill out the attached consent form. If you have more than one child participating, you will be able to add their names at the bottom of the consent form.

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