Participant Information and Consent

Branching Out: Tackling mental health inequalities in schools with Community Artscapers

Welcome to the Branching Out survey for mental health leads and primary school staff. Please read the information below and contact or if you have any questions before taking part.


There is increasing concern about the growing number of children requiring support for their mental health, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We know the benefits of time outdoors and contact with nature for mental health and wellbeing, yet children are spending less time outdoors than ever before.

Arts in nature experiences – described as ‘artscaping’ – delivered in primary schools presents a new way of addressing this issue and has been shown to promote children’s agency and confidence, provide creative inspiration, and enhance overall wellbeing.


The Branching Out project explores how artscaping arts in nature experiences can be scaled up to reach more children by engaging volunteers as ‘Community Artscapers’ in order to tackle mental health inequalities in primary schools.


We are asking mental health leads and other primary school staff members who are interested in children’s mental health to complete a survey that asks how acceptable, appropriate, and feasible it would be to introduce artscaping through Community Artscapers in the context of their school.

This is the second round of surveys that will help to develop the Branching Out approach. The survey is anonymous, so you will not be able to withdraw your responses once they have been submitted.


The research is led by Professor Nicola Walshe from UCL along with Professor Hilary Bungay and Anna Dadswell from ARU. The initial Branching Out approach will be delivered by arts charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, alongside Cambridge Acorn Project, who undertake therapeutic work with children, in partnership with Fullscope, a consortium supporting children’s mental health.

Data Protection

The controller for this project will be University College London (UCL). The UCL Data Protection Officer provides oversight of UCL activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at

This ‘local’ privacy notice sets out the information that applies to this particular study. Further information on how UCL uses participant information from research studies can be found in our ‘general’ privacy notice for participants in research studies here: General Privacy Notice | Legal Services - UCL – University College London

The information that is required to be provided to participants under data protection legislation (GDPR and DPA 2018) is provided across both the ‘local’ and ‘general’ privacy notices. The lawful basis that will be used to process any personal data is: ‘Public task’ for personal data and ‘Research purposes’ for special category data. The only personal data which will be collecting are your opinions and we will anonymise all personal data you provide.

The results of the project will be written up in anonymised format and will use quotations from survey responses.  Whilst every attempt will be made to ensure anonymity, it is possible that participants may be identified by their peers.

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, or if you would like to contact us about your rights, please contact UCL in the first instance at

Participant consent

Please read the statements below and select Yes to consent before moving on to the survey.

I have read the information and I am happy to take part in the Branching Out Primary Schools Survey. Required
I understand that I am free to contact the researchers with any questions at any time before and during the Branching Out Primary Schools Survey. Required
I understand what will happen to the data collected from me for the Branching Out Primary Schools Survey. Required
I am happy for my anonymised responses to be used in any subsequent research and publications. Required