October 8, 2019 Blog 0 Comment

Student Research Study
Mitigating the Impacts of Classroom Violence in Ontario Elementary Schools


Introduction and Purpose of the Study
My name is Jennifer Wiatrzyk, and I am a Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYCP) at an Ontario elementary school. I am in the process of finishing the MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies program at the University of Strathclyde and am completing this research project as the final requirement of this degree.

The purpose of my research is to explore the ways CYCPs are working to mitigate the impacts of classroom violence for children in Ontario elementary schools. My research topic will aim to address the question: How are Child and Youth Care Practitioners (CYCPs) mitigating the impacts of classroom violence on students in Ontario, Canada elementary schools? To assist in answering this question, I will be looking for information related to the protocols and polices at schools related to responding to classroom violence, and a CYCP’s role in supporting perpetrators, victims, and witnesses of classroom violence. My hope is that this research will illuminate current practices that Child and Youth Care Practitioners use to mitigate the impacts children experience because of classroom violence.

To be a participant in this research, you need to be currently working in an Ontario elementary school in a role supporting students, excluding teachers or administrators, and have qualifications in Child and Youth Care (college diploma or university degree). I am requesting that participants have been working within a school for a minimum of two years to ensure they have adequate experience. I will accept the first 6-12 participants that contact me, and only the first respondent from a given school will be asked to join to ensure diversity of experiences is reflected in my research. Your school’s name will not be utilized in the final dissertation and is requested for the sole purpose of ensuring only one respondent is from a given school.


If I decide to take part, what will I do?
Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary and there will be no negative consequences for not taking part.

Should you agree to be a participant in this project, you will be asked to engage in a single interview via Zoom lasting approximately one to one and half hours. The interview will be video, and audio recorded to ensure I do not miss any important information and the recording will be stored on the University of Strathclyde’s secure server. The interview will take place at a time convenient for you. After the interview occurs, should important information that you missed sharing come to mind, you have one week to email me what you wish to add. You have the right not to answer any questions during the interview and can withdraw your consent to participate at any time from the start of the interview up until one month after the interview has been completed. There will be no negative consequences should you choose to withdraw your consent.


What are the potential risks to me in taking part?

There is no or minimal risks to participating in this study. If you disclose information about instances of harm or illegal activity that have not previously been reported, I will need to follow current legislation around duty to report and only share necessary information with the appropriate parties (Children’s Aid Society, local police, or local school board). I will notify you should this happen.

Should the questions become distressing for you, you should seek support through your Employee Assistance Program. If you do not know how to access this, please connect with ConnexOntario at 1-866-2600 or https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/. If you wish to pause the interview, should you become distressed to compose yourself, please do so.


What happens to the information in the project?
The data collected, and findings will be used for the purpose of completing the dissertation. The recordings, data collected, and completed consent forms will be kept until the end of December 2022 to allow for time to complete the dissertation and receive a passing grade. The completed dissertation may be used beyond this date for future academic journal publications, presented in workshops, or used for PhD research. As previously stated, you have a right to withdraw your consent to participate in this study from the beginning of the interview until one month after the interview is completed. Should you exercise this right, your collected data will be deleted.

The signed consent forms will be stored on the University of Strathclyde’s secure server. The Zoom interview will be recorded on my personal computer and stored on the University of Strathclyde’s secure server. The recorded interview will be transcribed and labeled using a numerical identifier to protect your identity and stored on the University of Strathclyde’s secure server. Thematic analysis will then be used to explore the data and find common trends. This documentation will also be stored on a secure server. In the dissertation, any mentioned data will be identified using your numerical identifier. Please see the attached copy of the University of Strathclyde’s Data Privacy Notice for further information.


What happens next?
Should you be interested in participating in this project, please email me at the address provided with your name, contact information, and name of the school. After receiving your contact information, a consent form will be sent to you to sign and return. Once the consent form is received, I will contact you to schedule an interview time. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Should you wish to receive feedback once the research is complete, please contact me via email and a copy of the final dissertation will be provided.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. If you are not interested in taking part in this research, please know that your consideration was appreciated.


Researcher Contact Details:
Jennifer Wiatrzyk

jennifer.w[email protected]

Supervisor Contact Details:

Aurrora De Monte

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Instructor, MSc Child and Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning

[email protected]


Ethics Committee details
If you have any questions/concerns, during or after the investigation, or wish to contact an independent person to whom any questions may be directed or further information may be sought from, please contact:

School Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work and Social Policy                                                    
University of Strathclyde                                                                                                                                          
Level 6, The Lord Hope Building
141 St James Road 
Glasgow G4 0LT
Telephone: 0141 444 8711
Email: [email protected]